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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, USA, PLANET EARTH PRIME

California-based biotech firm Organovo (ONVO) is set to begin selling 3-D-printed liver tissue by the end of the year, part of the growing movement to bring the technology to the medical field.

Organovo can’t yet print a fully functioning liver. But the company has already been working with a handful of laboratories to manufacture live liver tissue, offering scientists a new way to conduct research.

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« This gives researchers the kind of tool that they just haven’t had in the past, » said Michael Renard, executive vice president at Organovo. « They can’t do the kind of experiments on a person that they can do with this tissue in a lab setting. »

Within the next few years, Renard says 3-D-printed tissues could also be used in patient treatment, to replace small parts or organs or encourage cell regeneration.

So how do you print human…

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