Scientists have created a silicon beating heart

Therefore, our goal is to develop an artificial heart that is roughly the same size as the patient’s own one and which imitates the human heart as closely as possible in form and function

Researchers have created an artificial, silicone heart to help combat the shortage of donor hearts. The silicone heart has been developed by Nicholas Cohrs, a doctoral student in the group led by Wendelin Stark, Professor of Functional Materials Engineering at ETH Zurich. It looks like a real heart. And this is the goal of the first entirely soft artificial heart: to mimic its natural model as closely as possible. Franziska Schmid, writer at ETH Zurich says that this artificial heart has a right and a left ventricle, just like a real human heart, though they are not separated by a septum but by an additional chamber. Read more

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