Ethical concern in 3D bioprintingCreated by:
3D bioprinting is a promising technological advancement that opens doors to possible beneficial treatments in modern medicine. In the field of regenerative medicine, interest in transplantation of bioprinted organs is steadily increasing in popularity. In fact, the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Mecicine in North Carolina pioneered the transplantation of a 3D printed bladder into a human patient. They are also developing the Integrated Tissue and Organ Printing System (ITOP), which is a state-of-the-art organ bioprinting machine designed to print organs for transplantation. However, this brings about serious ethical concerns for medical practitioners. How will we know that the resultant bioprinted organ is safe for human transplantation? How will the appropriate candidate selection be? What are your thoughts on this?