3-D printed ovaries produce healthy offspring

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05/24/2017 03:10 PM EDT

microscopic look at a bioprosthetic mouse ovary

3-D printed bioprosthetic mouse ovaries restored fertility in infertile mice and produced healthy mouse pups. The mothers also were able to nurse their pups. The research is targeted to women whose cancer treatments impaired their fertility and hormone production. The ovaries are constructed of 3-D printed scaffolds that house immature eggs and were successful in boosting hormone production and restoring fertility.

Full story at https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2017/may/3-d-printed-ovaries-offspring/

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Northwestern University

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