Woman receives own-cell 3-D printed ear transplant

A 20-year-old lady had a 3-D printed ear manufactured with her own cells implanted.

3DBio Therapeutics of New York City announced June 2 the first 3-D printed live tissue implant. It's a breakthrough in tissue engineering, say experts.

Professor Adam Feinberg of Carnegie Mellon University said, "It's a major problem."

"This technology is no longer a 'if,' but a 'when,'" said Feinberg, co-founder of regenerative medicine business FluidForm, which employs 3-D printing. He's not with 3DBio.

The Mexican transplant patient was born with a malformed right ear. She got her replacement ear in March as part of a scientific experiment, the Times said.

The replacement ear matched the woman's left exactly. 3DBio says it will repair cartilage and appear and feel natural.

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