We knew amazing things would be coming out of TED this year, the only question was "How amazing?" Anthony Atala of the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine produced a fresh kidney on stage at the TED conference.
"It's like baking a cake," Atala said.
Atala uses 3D scanners to capture an image of the kidney that needs replacing. Then, using a tissue sample for the patient the size of a postage stamp, the organ "printer" builds a replacement kidney layer-by-layer.
A college student at TED named Luke Massella, received one of Atala's "printed" kidneys when he was only 10 years-old.
"This surgery saved my life and made me who I am today."