3D-Printed Liver-Like Device Detoxes Blood

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have 3D printed a device that acts as a liver and safely detoxifies blood.
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Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have 3D printed a device that acts as a liver and safely detoxifies blood.
UCSD Nanoengineering Professor Shaochen Chen

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Researchers have found an efficient way to use technology to replicate human organs. Shaochen Chen, a nanoengineering professor, created a device that mimics the liver by capturing the toxins that damage cell membranes.

The current treatment for neutralizing toxins involve nanoparticles, which increases the risk of poisoning if the body is unable to digest them.

3d printed blood detoxifying device

Chen's device is able to attract and capture these toxins, without worry of further poisoning the liver.

"The concept of using 3D printing to encapsulate functional nanoparticles in a biocompatible hydrogel is novel," Chen said, according to Gizmag. "This will inspire many new designs for detoxification techniques since 3D printing allows user-specific or site-specific manufacturing of highly functional products."

Chen is also working on biofabrication technology to 3D print the liver device.