Building Tiny Human Organs With 3-D Printing: Bhatia on NPRs Here and Now

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June 18, 2014

Dr. Bhatia’s lab creates artificial livers that look like contact lens and are approximately 10-20 mm in length. After implantation into laboratory mice, these livers can be used to test drugs for humans. (MIT)

Sangeeta Bhatia, was interviewed recently by Jeremey Hobson on Boston NPR radio station WBUR's noon news program "Here and Now" about her work creating 3D printed miniature livers for testing drugs. Prof. Bhatia, the John J. and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) at MIT, discussed her plans that eventually these micro livers will be available as life-sized transplantable livers available as needed.  [Image: Prof. Bhatia's lab creates artificial livers that look like a contact lens and are approximately 10-20 mm in length. After implantation into laboratory mice, these livers can be used to test drugs for humans. Courtesy MIT].

Read the WBUR summary of the June 16, 2014 interview and listen online to the podcast