Canadian scientists have 3D printed male reproductive cells/sperm in major global accomplishment of sorts. The University of British Columbia scientists are using a 3D printer for manufacturing viable testicular cells while zeroing in on sperm-producing capabilities and their early indicators. The team is spearheaded by Ryan Flannigan, an assistant professor of urology. Scientists are hopeful of easing out the issues of men suffering due to infertility. The severest form is known as NOA (non-obstructive azoospermia) which is often caused due to chromosomal problems or genetic issues or even radiation exposure.
The team started their collection of stem cells from a living patient’s testicles (who was suffering from NOA) and they were cultured in the future. They were 3D printed onto a petridish whenever they seemed to have higher virility. They were later dispatched into a tubular and hollow structure more like the sperm producing tubules. The cells eventually flourished and the middle stage was achievable for the production of sperm according to Flannigan. While clinical verification and practice are still some way off, scientists are hopeful about the future potential of the technology. They are now aiming at getting 3D printed cells to manufacture sperm through exposure to diverse aspects and nutrients contributing greatly towards future growth.