Jan. 31, 2018 — Modern ears for five children were grown employing a combination of 3-D printing and cultured cells, researchers in China say.

The first-of-its-kind study included children with a deformity in one ear called microtia, which influences the shape and function of the ear, CNN reported.

The research was distributed in the journal EBioMedicine.

“We were able to successfully design, manufacture, and regenerate patient-specific external ears,” wrote the analysts, who taken after each child for up to 2 1/2 years, CNN reported.

“In any case, advance efforts stay fundamental to eventually interpret this prototype work into schedule clinical practices,” they added. “Within the future, long-term (up to 5 a long time) follow-up of the cartilage properties and clinical results … will be fundamental.”


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