âThe real breakthrough here is weâre building a real ovarian prosthesis and the goal of this project is to be able to restore fertility to young cancer patients who have been sterilised by their cancer treatment,â said Dr Teresa Woodruff, a reproductive scientist director of the Womenâs Health Research Institute, at Northwestern University, in Illinois.
âRight now, weâre able to do that with young mice and the goal ultimately is to provide this back to patients.
âUsing bioengineering to create organ structures that function and restore the health of that tissue for that person, is the holy grail of bioengineering for regenerative medicine. Our hope is that this will be the ovary of the future.â
The prosthetic ovaries were printed using liquid gelatin made from broken-down collagen, a natural material which is found in ligaments, tendons, muscles, bones and skin, researcher reported in the journal Nature Communications.