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3D printers may soon be making spare parts for flawed hearts

As costs decrease and discoveries accelerate, scientists predict that 3D printers will become routine tools for heart care, too.


IN the cardiac operating room of the future, a surgeon may repair your damaged heart with personalised parts made to fit your precise anatomy - bypassing donor lists and immune-suppressing drugs.

It sounds far-fetched, but in some ways this future is already here....