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3D-printed hearts with 'beating' tissue could ease organ donor shortage

Despite advances in modern medicine, not much has changed about organ transplantation since the 1990s. Organs are still removed from donors who have recently died and then given to patients who are often close to death themselves. Today, a typical heart transplant patient waits 9 months for a donor organ. Many die waiting. Technology, such as 3D printing, may offer a solution.

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