ISRAEL - Bayer Tests Drugs on 3D-Printed Heart Tissue

Arno Froese

Ramot, the technology transfer company of Tel Aviv University (TAU) has signed a collaboration with the Bayer pharmaceutical company to test new drugs on 3D-printed heart tissues, a new, more efficient method of testing.

“In a petri dish, all the cells line up in 2D, and it’s only one type of cell” said Prof. Tal Dvir of TAU, the scientist responsible for developing the world’s first working 3D printed heart. “In contrast, our engineered tissues are 3D-printed, and therefore better resemble real heart tissues,” she added.

“Our printed tissues contain cardiac muscle, blood vessels and the extracellular matrix which connects the different cells biochemically, mechanically and electrically. Moving away from petri dishes to 3D-printed tissues could significantly improve drug tests, saving precious time and money with the hope of producing safer and more effective medication,” Dvir said.

In April of last year, Dvir’s team was responsible for printing the world’s first 3D vascularized, engineered heart, which was made using a patient’s own cells and biological material. Until then, scientists had only printed simple tissues without blood vessels.

In years to come, Dvir’s team and Bayer plan to test new medications for toxicity and efficacy using printed, whole human hearts. 

“Our end goal is to engineer whole human hearts, including all the different chambers, valves, arteries and veins—the best analogue of this complex organ—for an even better toxicological screening process.”, 29 June 2020

Arno's commentary

It seems miraculous that technology has developed thus far, “to engineer whole human hearts.” From recent history, it does not seem surprising that such technology exists, and rather successful at that. With multiple millions of heart disease patients, this new science promises virtually a new life. They can create “chambers, valves, arteries, and veins,” but not life.

The Bible speaks quite often of the heart; not the one limited to chambers, valves, arteries, and veins, but the heart as the seat of the spirit and soul of every human being on earth. Yet, technology will continue to advance, with the epitome reported in Revelation 13:14: “And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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