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In a world first, Sydney scientists are using patients' own stem cells to help unlock the secrets of heart attacks.
The cells are used to 3D print mini hearts which can be used as test beds for treatment.
"We have developed a new way to use these cells to generate personalised ‘mini hearts’.
 
We load the cells into the nozzle of a 3D bioprinter that produces patient-specific 3D bioprinted heart tissue that we can study to determine how that patient could react to a heart attack."
 "For many heart patients the gold standard treatment at the moment is a heart transplant, which involves finding a suitable donor following a long waiting list. If transplanted, a donor heart carries with it a significant risk of failure as well. But we believe our research could offer a real, long term alternative to heart transplants for patients with heart failure.
We load the cells into the nozzle of a 3D bioprinter that produces patient-specific 3D bioprinted heart tissue that we can study to determine how that patient could react to a heart attack."

Dr Carmine Gentile using bioinks to 3D bioprint human heart tissue

 Photo by: Baro Lee

"We believe our research could offer a real, long term alternative to heart transplants for patients with heart failure."

Dr Carmine at work in the laboratory

Photo by: Giovanni Portelli

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