A group of scientists has achieved a significant milestone in the development of a 3D printed and implantable artificial ovary, which could enable infertile women to become pregnant. For the first time ever, the team has identified and mapped structural proteins within a pig ovary, which will facilitate the development of an ink for bioprinting the important reproductive organ for humans.
A number of things can result in damaged ovaries, including certain physiological conditions, like Turner syndrome, and cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Such treatments can negatively impact the reproductive capabilities of certain women. The research being conducted by a team at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is hoping to offer an alternative to women whose ovaries have been damaged.