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Organovo Has Its First Commercial 3D Bio-Printer

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 4 years ago | from the company-with-a-lot-of-heart(s) dept.

Biotech 91

kkleiner writes "Organovo and strategic partner Invetech hope in 2010 to release a commercial version of their 3D organ printer capable of producing very basic tissues like blood vessels. While it is still limited to simple tissue structures (full organs are a long ways off), Organovo plans to deliver the printers to various research institutions interested in organ and tissue production. Working with these institutions, Organovo hopes to one day progress to creating a system that can print organs as easily as other 3D printers print plastic figurines."

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I bet (5, Funny)

idontgno (624372) | more than 4 years ago | (#30328974)

the ink will almost be as expensive as HP's.

Re:I bet (4, Funny)

unformed (225214) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329084)

Yeah, they're going to charge an arm and a leg for this.

Re:I bet (0, Troll)

unformed (225214) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329252)

Although, I guess for Jews, they might just take a pound of flesh instead.

Re:I bet (1)

sartin (238198) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329492)

Yeah, I guess taking an eye for an eye would be sort of pointless....

Re:I bet (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 4 years ago | (#30330520)

As far as I know, unsanctioned printing of your own currency is counterfeiting. It looks like the Secret Service will have to put its little bit of extra goodness into the printer's firmware [pcworld.com] now.

Re:I bet (1)

skine (1524819) | more than 4 years ago | (#30331394)

Although, I guess for Jews, they might just take a pound of flesh instead.

No more, No less.

Re:I bet (1)

plover (150551) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329326)

What's worse will be the DRM scheme.

Re:I bet (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329516)

You printed a replacement liver and you used alcohol on it, sorry it will now be taken away.....

Re:I bet (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329916)

It's okay, the drummers will set us free.

Re:I bet (1)

eugene2k (1213062) | more than 4 years ago | (#30330152)

Organs aren't covered by copyright laws. Patent laws on the other hand do cover them...

Re:I bet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30329382)

This is going to be some scary stuff...imagine what porn sites are going to do...

"Download and PRINT OUT a LIVE Jenna"

Re:I bet (1)

AmberBlackCat (829689) | more than 4 years ago | (#30333250)

Yeah, they're going to charge an arm and a leg for this.

Just print them out.

Re:I bet (1)

clang_jangle (975789) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329120)

the ink will almost be as expensive as HP's.

Probably almost. But will there be generic budget-priced solutions?

Re:I bet (1)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329168)

Yes, but they may not fit as well.

Re:I bet (1)

unformed (225214) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329260)

Yeah, Taiwanese organs.

Re:I bet (2, Funny)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329456)

Cool, so I can download a DRM free copy of the Necronomicon and print it out in Human blood!!!

Klatu Berata Nectu

You don't want to know... (0, Troll)

SOdhner (1619761) | more than 4 years ago | (#30328996)

You don't want to know how expensive the toner is.

You also don't want to know how gorey the remake of Office Space will be.

Re:You don't want to know... (1)

NiteMair (309303) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329048)

pcloadtissue, wtf does that mean?

Re:You don't want to know... (3, Funny)

palegray.net (1195047) | more than 4 years ago | (#30332126)

Sorry, I couldn't hear you... this blender is way too noisy. You mind popping that refill cap off and reloading the Epson? I'll go tell Mrs. Wilson a hawk just flew off with her cat.

The obvious market driver is... (4, Funny)

couchslug (175151) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329050)

...porn. :)

Re:The obvious market driver is... (1)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329128)

You mean I could just download and print out a boob?

Will the miracles of the internet ever cease?

Re:The obvious market driver is... (2, Funny)

clang_jangle (975789) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329186)

See, I know now for sure that as a woman in IT I've been hanging around too many men for too long, because the first thing I thought about when I read "3D organ printer" was -- well, you know.

Re:The obvious market driver is... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30329304)

Dicks? That's natural, I believe.

Re:The obvious market driver is... (3, Insightful)

idontgno (624372) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329762)

the first thing I thought about when I read "3D organ printer" was -- well, you know.

Was it "I bet there'll be a run on legal-size* printer paper..."

*For those in countries other than that United States, please read that as "ISO B-4".

Thanks.

Think big! (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329512)

Now, I do assume that extra hands will not be available for quite some time but why a single boob? [youtube.com]

Re:Think big! (1)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 4 years ago | (#30357318)

head-*BOOM*-

the option for two was just to much for me.

Fifth Element (4, Interesting)

ichthus (72442) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329086)

This, obviously, will remind several of us SciFi fans of the reconstruction scene in the Fifth Element -- which I am too lazy to track down and link right now, so I'll let some other person whore for the karma instead.

Re: Too Lazy! (2, Funny)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329656)

Mods, +6 Informative!
He just invented the vaccine for Citation Needed!!

Re:Fifth Element (1)

KnownIssues (1612961) | more than 4 years ago | (#30330106)

Dammit, you beat me to the reference. I thought the exact same thing. I remember when seeing that scene, thinking, that certainly looks cool, but there's no way it could work like that. After reading about this (admittedly still far from anything like that scene), I almost wonder if it's not that far off from possible.

5th Element - Fact not fiction? (1)

MrSenile (759314) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329088)

Sounds a lot like that machine in 5th Element that recreated the entire body, bones and all, just from a genetic sequence marker left on a burned off hand.

Re:5th Element - Fact not fiction? (1, Insightful)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329458)

Well, not only body; it went also into "rubbish" territory by recreating the brain...

Re:5th Element - Fact not fiction? (3, Informative)

Zerth (26112) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329582)

There was the assumption the extra strands of the genome stored the layout & weights of the brain's connections to encode her native language and motor skills instead of just the bootstrap that humans have.

She was still ignorant of current facts and English, until she speed-read the encyclopedia.

Re:5th Element - Fact not fiction? (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#30330054)

She was ignorant of recent history and English because the background story depicted in the movie happened once every...10 000 years? (I don't remember exactly)

And I didn't see that assumption - they announced "WE HAVE A SURVIVOR!" just after finding the remains of arm; without any foreknowledge about her anatomy. Apparently such "survival" was obvious for them, also when applied to humans. Which don't have "in-arm backup of brain in advanced DNA" (really, how would that evolve / what's the point?)

Re:5th Element - Fact not fiction? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30330096)

really really really hostile enviroment.

next question.

Re:5th Element - Fact not fiction? (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#30331284)

Relying on alien (human) technology to recreate the rest of the body. Technology that exists just now / is available only for a few individuals during this particular visit to Earth.

Useless.

Hey Organovo! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30329092)

Your epidermis is showing!

In Soviet Russia (1)

gregarican (694358) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329102)

organs make printers...

3d Organ printer? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30329106)

3D Organ Printer?!

I'm waiting for my 3d xylophone printer!

Re:3d Organ printer? (2, Funny)

plover (150551) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329196)

This brings new meaning to the phrase Organ Grinder.

Wonder if it will print out a monkey? Everybody likes monkeys.

Dead tree organs are so 90s (2, Insightful)

iamacat (583406) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329124)

I demand digital organs in a sleek package that looks good in starbucks, complete with DRM and remote kill capability to protect the consumers!

Re:Dead tree organs are so 90s (2, Interesting)

dbcad7 (771464) | more than 4 years ago | (#30332186)

Make your payments, and you'll have no problems.. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1053424/ [imdb.com]

In related news... (1)

chill (34294) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329150)

In related news, Hammond's stock dropped 17% today.

Re:In related news... (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329608)

In related news, Hammond's stock dropped 17% today.

They just sell 4D organs.

What the f**k... (1)

mike260 (224212) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329210)

...does PCLOADVISCERA mean, dammit?

Re:What the f**k... (1)

locallyunscene (1000523) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329616)

Haha, wish I had mod points. Just thinking about a printer jam on one of these things turns my stomach a little.

Re:What the f**k... (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329672)

Arthur C Clarke wrote a story about teleportation called Travel by Wire. He basically followed the development of TV and extended the idea into solid 3D objects. In the story people who had been transmitted when there was noise on the line came out looking like nothing on earth and very little on venus or mars.

Re:What the f**k... (1)

teknomage1 (854522) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329806)

I would've gone with PCLOADLIVER, but I think on saw that a few years ago last time slashdot talked about this technology.

Hackensack's Discount Kidney Wherehouse (1)

abbynormal brain (1637419) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329222)

For a fraction of the cost - we have your copy of a copy of a copy of a kidney!

Better than Weird Science (1)

Neutral_Observer (1409941) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329224)

Print your our hot babe!

Re:Better than Weird Science (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329428)

Yeah, print out a beautiful women who has no software in her brain so she will cry like a baby and crap her pants and you have to train her from scratch, really attractive there....

Re:Better than Weird Science (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329466)

No, just give her memories from your Niece.

Re:Better than Weird Science (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30329866)

Then she'll just remember you raping her.... this isn't getting any better.

Re:Better than Weird Science (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30332382)

Memories of unicorns at your summer cabin.

Re:Better than Weird Science (1)

cmiller173 (641510) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329522)

Yeah, the learning curve might be steep, but in the end she will be trained just like you want her to be.

Re:Better than Weird Science (1)

2names (531755) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329476)

If it gets to the point where we can print out a person, will these "people" have rights?

Re:Better than Weird Science (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329546)

I don't think anybody knows what will happen until we have real Artificial Persons walking around. We seem pretty willing to accept that Gorillas, Chimpanzees and Orangutans are animals with no rights.

Sadly I expect it will depend on what they look like.

Re:Better than Weird Science (1)

Thing 1 (178996) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329722)

Well, I just need to look in the mirror to see an Artificially Enhanced Person. (Take off my glasses, and I can't even see my face in the mirror...)

Re:Better than Weird Science (1)

dissy (172727) | more than 4 years ago | (#30331576)

If it gets to the point where we can print out a person, will these "people" have rights?

If they can choose to pick up a weapon and fight back, then yes eventually they just might get rights.

Hmm... (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329362)

Can it be used for plastic surgery? (Mmmm... breasts! (drool)) Seriously, wouldn't this be far preferable to plastic bags full of silicone gel or salt water?

Re:Hmm... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30329420)

Preferably women will stop butchering their tits just to look "better."

Re:Hmm... (3, Insightful)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329468)

Trust me, as long as they can snag a millionaire by bleaching their hair, bobbing their nose, and "enhancing" their breasts, women will continue to do so (and yes, the sister of one of my girlfriends did exactly that). If there was no demand, there would be no supply.

Re:Hmm... (2, Funny)

Legion303 (97901) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334816)

Nonsense! What could be more sexy than rock-hard tits that don't move?

Waiter! (3, Interesting)

2names (531755) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329442)

I'd like four bottles of your finest whiskey and one new liver please.

Re:Waiter! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30333422)

I'd like four bottles of your finest whiskey and one new liver please.

... said the cannibal? ;-)

I've Been Shot! (1)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329448)

Quick, somebody get me to a Kinkos!

The only thought I'm having... (1)

VanGarrett (1269030) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329470)

If, when this technology has become sufficiently advanced, will a heart that is produced be, in fact, a living organ? Is it enough to put all of the materials in the right place? It's not clear to me that a heart removed from a cadaver will serve to complete a heart transplant surgery. Just how well does this work?

Re:The only thought I'm having... (1)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329816)

If, when this technology has become sufficiently advanced, will a heart that is produced be, in fact, a living organ?

Yes it will be living. Life is just a big, complex chemical reaction (well, system of interacting chemical reactions, but still). There is nothing mysterious or supernatural about something being alive or dead. Besides, they're building the tissues using living cells grown in culture; the printer just arranges them to form a tissue.

Re:The only thought I'm having... (1)

genghisjahn (1344927) | more than 4 years ago | (#30330150)

"There is nothing mysterious or supernatural about something being alive or dead."
Your life is very different from mine.

Re:The only thought I'm having... (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 4 years ago | (#30330630)

Yeah, he is a lot less deluded than you are.

Re:The only thought I'm having... (1)

blackest_k (761565) | more than 4 years ago | (#30331504)

http://www.uktransplant.org.uk/ukt/about_transplants/frequently_asked_questions_about_transplants/f_a_qs_about_kidney_transplantation.jsp [uktransplant.org.uk]

has some interesting answers about transplantation of kidneys it seems the ideal kidney is transplanted where the brain is dead but the heart is still beating. Kidneys can be taken after the heart has stopped beating but needs to be extracted pretty rapidly.

I understand that when a coronary artery is blocked (that is a heart attack) after 20 - 30 minutes the heart starts to die. When it can not pump blood then the rest of you goes.

 

Is this the future of double dongs? (1)

justicenfa (724341) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329474)

They can print organs? Imagine what can be done for the porn scene. Triple tits, like in total recall? Double dongs? So you can DP someone by yourself?

Heart valves (3, Interesting)

tsa (15680) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329480)

I hope it can print heart valves. I am not an expert, but those look simple and printed heart valves can help a lot of people.

Warranties? anyone? (1)

starbugs (1670420) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329528)

Could I get a liver with a two lifetime warranty?

I might need it.

ER LOAD LETTER (1)

Lemming Mark (849014) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329850)

Nurse, get another ream of US Letter in Tray 2, stat!

Adds a whole new dimension (1)

Perp Atuitie (919967) | more than 4 years ago | (#30329980)

to making an ass print with a copy machine.

INVEST NOW (2, Insightful)

thelonious (233200) | more than 4 years ago | (#30330042)

These guys will put fleshlight out of business!!

Expect heavy resistance ... (1)

xupere (1680472) | more than 4 years ago | (#30330138)

... from the hunchbacked lab assistant union. This technology could mean the death of the time honored skilled trade of mad science related grave robbery.

If you thought paper jams were bad... (3, Funny)

Curate (783077) | more than 4 years ago | (#30330428)

Now you'll have to clean out organ jams.

It comes down to how good the scaffold is (2, Insightful)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 4 years ago | (#30330524)

You need a good extracellular matrix (or as they say, "scaffold") to make good multicellular tissue or organ. Ideally, if the cells are correct for the application - and given the right stimuli - they will eventually make their own matrix for the application.

One thing they didn't mention in this writeup that many people could truly benefit from, though, is that the printer could potentially make better organs than the ones being replaced. Another poster here asked about heart valves - the printer could potentially print a heart with better valves than the problem heart (which could be more beneficial to the patient than replacing only the valves).

Re:It comes down to how good the scaffold is (1)

tsotha (720379) | more than 4 years ago | (#30331940)

Why wouldn't you just print the scaffold at the same time you're printing everything else? Seems like you could make it as complicated as necessary.

Good Game, Death (1)

Zaphod The 42nd (1205578) | more than 4 years ago | (#30330618)

Cheats Enabled

organ theft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30332632)

i look forward to the day when we can be charged with copyright infringement for downloading .organ files :)

but seriously, physical printers may be the final blow to long-standing economic theories - if you can download the mp3 as well as the ipod, what's left to sell (that you can sell)?

WARNING : Printer Cartridge Low (1)

Rollgunner (630808) | more than 4 years ago | (#30333482)

Replace with new Stem Cell/Cartilage/Carbohydrate triple-pack to avoid service interruption...

grammar/usage issues: nigh uncountable (1)

cathector (972646) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334020)

seriously, who wrote this ?
"Organovo and strategic partner Invetech hope in 2010 to release a commercial version of their 3D organ printer capable of producing very basic tissues like blood vessels."

This is bad news (1)

AP31R0N (723649) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334616)

for the Repo Man.

Organovo: are they real? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30334784)

Organovo has a strange web page [organovo.com] . I was wondering where they are located: no information on that. Contact only by web form [organovo.com] . Are they real? Google thinks so [google.com] , but can I trust them?

First practical joke on this printer... (1)

marciot (598356) | more than 4 years ago | (#30337900)

So, how long will it be before some wiseguy sends a phallus to the printer to piss someone off?

Simplify treatment of MS (multiple sclerosis)? (1)

fygment (444210) | more than 4 years ago | (#30338246)

Could this simplify the proposed new treatment for MS [newstalk650.com] ? Instead of "surgically opening up blocked veins", just construct an appropriate bypass.
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