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  • Writer's pictureLaurent DECORY

Can we actually grow organs ?

Updated: Mar 24, 2020

Organoids such as "mini-brains" or "mini-hearts" currently used in labs are very limited. How far are we from growing actual organs ?

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Organoids such as "mini-brains", "mini-hearts" or "mini-livers" used today in research laboratories are very limited. Although they enable to test drugs or understand cell interactions, they come nowhere near the complexity or real organs.

Further reading:

"Lab-Grown “Mini Brains” Can Now Mimic the Neural Activity of a Preterm Infant"

"Mini Brains” Are Not like the Real Thing"

So will we ever be able to grow actual organs, usable for transplants ?

A startup called "Volumetric" has a plan to make it happen.

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