3D-printed ears that look and act like the real thing | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Cornell bioengineers and Weill Cornell Medical College physicians have created an artificial ear that looks and acts like a natural ear, giving new hope to thousands of children born with a congenital deformity called microtia.


They used 3-D printing and injectable gels made of living cells to fashion ears that are practically identical to a human ear.


Over a three-month period, these flexible ears grew cartilage to replace the collagen used to mold them