Grow Your Own: The Race to Create Body Parts in the Lab
December 5, 2017
(The Guardian) – The ultimate goal remains to make synthetic organs from scratch using a synthetic scaffold, as Macchiarini tried and failed to do with tracheas. Pig scaffolds do not pose a risk, but manufacturing them does not readily scale up to treating hundreds or thousands of patients. However, De Coppi says that matching the quality of a natural scaffold is probably still 20 years away. “Despite [attempts at] synthetic organs, we are still far away from mimicking what mother nature has done,” he says.