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Special 3D Printers Use Living Tissue to Print Human Ears

3D Printed Ears

No, those aren’t cooked pasta, although they definitely look like it. They’re actually human ears, albeit a whole lot smaller than the average. These ears were 3D printed with living tissue as the “ink” using a special printer developed by the Hangzhou Dianzi University in China.

Technically, these miniature ears are alive, in the sense that they’re composed of layers of living tissue. They aren’t functional, meaning they don’t work like the ears currently attached to the side of your head. However, there’s huge potential with 3D-printed ears like these for use as aesthetic replacements, especially for people who lost or injured their ears because of some accident or something.

Pretty amazing, huh?

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