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3D printed ovary could restore fertility in women

5 April, 2016

3D printed ovary could restore fertility in women

A prosthetic ovary, created by scientists using a 3D printer, could potentially restore fertility in women, particularly survivors of childhood cancer, who have increased risk of infertility as adults.

The research team from Northwestern University in Chicago used a 3D printer to create an ovary structure made out of gelatin to support hormone-producing cells and immature egg cells.

To test the implant, researchers removed the ovaries of mice and replaced them with the ovary bioprosthesis.

Following the procedure, the mice ovulated, gave birth to healthy pups and were able to nurse.

Implanting the prosthetic ovary in mice also restored the female hormone cycle.

The researchers theorise that a similar implant could help maintain hormone cycling in women who were born with or have undergone disease treatments that have reduced ovarian function, such as childhood cancers.

The results of the study were presented at the Endocrine Society's annual meeting, ENDO 2016, in Boston.

To read the programme for the Endocrine Society's annual meeting, ENDO 2016, where the results were presented, click here

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