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Scientists unveil 'first' 3D print of heart with human tissue, vessels

The heart, about the size of a rabbit's, marked 'the first time anyone anywhere has successfully engineered and printed an entire heart replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers'.

Israeli professor Tal Dvir presents a 3D print of heart with human tissue at the University of Tel Aviv on 15 April 2019. Picture: AFP

TEL AVIV - Scientists in Israel on Monday unveiled a 3D print of a heart with human tissue and vessels, calling it a first and a "major medical breakthrough" that advances possibilities for transplants.

The heart, about the size of a rabbit's, marked "the first time anyone anywhere has successfully engineered and printed an entire heart replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers," said Tal Dvir, who led the project.

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