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Alison Snyder May 16, 2017
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Mice with 3D-printed ovaries give birth

Northwestern University

3D-printed ovaries allowed infertile mice to give birth to pups, a new study reports.

Why it matters: Scientists are focused on creating artificial ovaries in order to restore fertility in women who are sterile due to cancer treatment or disease.

Key point: A supply of healthy ovarian cells is needed to seed the artificial organ — researchers are investigating whether stem cells can be coaxed into ovarian cells in the lab. Further research is also needed to determine whether the 3D-printed structure will work with larger, human ovarian follicles.