Russias Orgonaut 3D Bioprinter has for the first time printed a fully formed organ in outer space. A mouse thyroid to be exact.
The countries own Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft delivered Orgonaut to the International Space Station on December 3 by Expedition 58.
Invitros subsidiary corporation 3D Bioprinting Solutions constructed the printer. A representative from the company told Ria Novosti, RT journalist: “We received photos from space. The camera clearly shows a living construction of a mouse’s thyroid being assembled.”
According to Invitro the organ will be returned back to Earth for further study later in December and their findings will be made public in February 2019.
They’ve also mentioned that you can grow 3d printed organs and tissues under zero gravity conditions much more quickly and effectively than back here on Earth. Experiments like this may eventually pave the way for an entirely new economy based on ethically sourced organs in outer space. Perhaps such an operation could be conducted alongside asteroid mining in geocentric orbit.
There’s nothing impossible,” Invitro CEO Aleksandr Ostrovsky said, when asked whether human organs will soon be 3D printed on the ISS. “The only question is in costs. Right now we’re working on new types of bioprinting,” he added.
Back in November, American scientists bio-printed rudimentary blood vessel tissue they think may serve as the foundation for more complex fabrication of human organs.
cover photo: Organaut bio-printer © bioprinting.ru