Researchers have finally found success in their journey towards finding a cure for women infertility with the help of 3-D printing. As 3-D printing becomes more popular and advanced, scientists have been able to print internal organs. Researchers practiced their studies on female mice that had infertility issues; with the help of 3-D printed synthetic ovaries, the mice were able to reproduce offspring again. As a Health Policy major, this new innovation is eye opening and life changing to the medical field; it opens up a range of opportunities for doctors, surgeons, and nurses. These opportunities will have the ability to save lives and create pathways to more inventions that will revolutionize medical discoveries.
In continuation, the synthetic ovaries printed for the female mice were formed from gelatin. It is crazy to think that that the same thing we use to make Jell-O can also help us cure the epidemic of ovary failure. The gelatin was formed by printing multiple copies of it, scientists then overlapped each printed gelatin which then made “scaffolds” on the sides of the filaments. These scaffolds were important for ovary production because this is where the researchers insert mouse follicles, which contain growing eggs and hormones. Scientists then removed the non-working ovaries and replace them with the ovaries that they made through a 3-D printer. Most people are puzzled about the thought of gelatin being able to withstand life in a human body. However, the body registers gelatin as a natural material therefore blood can flow through it.
After the female mice had received the surgical implantation of the 3-D printed ovary, scientists allowed them to mate with male mice. The end conclusion of this experiment proved that three of their mice were able to get pregnant and give birth to healthy baby mice. This experiment has opened doors with 3-D printing and the medical field; it means bright things for the future. This can lead to higher fertility rates in women, something that our generation has had struggle producing. Typically a woman will take in large doses of unhealthy hormones, which are not guaranteed to work and often have side effects that make one think twice about taking hormones in the first place. Not only can this discovery and invention help regular women with fertility issues, it can also help women or children that suffer from a cancer that destroys or disrupts the functions of a typical ovary. Scientist has reached an ultimate peak that can cure many of the illnesses people suffer from today. This invention can lead to more similar inventions like 3-D printed bones, hearts, arteries, and so much more.
Aodha, Gráinne Ní. “Infertility Problems in Mice Solved with 3D-Printed Ovaries.” TheJournal.ie, Journal Media, 17 May 2017, www.thejournal.ie/infertility-3d-printing-3393481-May2017/.