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3D printed ovary could help infertile women have children

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Health Desk, May 17, 2017: Infertile women could be helped to have children using a revolutionary 'Lego-style' 3D printed ovary, say scientists.

Surgically sterilsed mice gave birth to litters of healthy pups after the sci-fi style 3D printed 'bioprosthetic device' was transplanted.

It boosted production of hormones it is hoped will eventually be usable in infertile humans. Professor Teresa Woodruff, of Northwestern University, Chicago, said: "This research shows these bioprosthetic ovaries have long term, durable function.

Co- author Dr Monica Laronda, of Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago, said, "The purpose of this scaffold is to recapitulate how an ovary would function.

The 3-D printed implants desvcribed in Nature Commiunciations to replace complex soft tissue could also significantly impact future work in regenerative medicine.

Dr Alexandra Rutz, of the National School of Mining, Saint-Etienne, France, said 3-D printing an ovary structure is similar to using Lincoln Logs - an American toy similar to Lego.