Sea turtle given a 3D-printed jaw implant after boat accident
Human activity almost killed this loggerhead sea turtle in Turkey, but a group of doctors and researchers are looking to right that wrong with a 3D-printed prosthetic. The turtle, which is marked as an endangered species, was struck by a boat propeller while swimming in its natural habitat. The accident shattered the animal’s upper and lower jaw, leaving the turtle unable to eat on its own. That’s when a group at Pamukkale University in Turkey decided to explore its options for healing the animal and bringing it back into the wild.
They decided a 3D-printed replacement jaw was the best option. The team partnered with BTech, a Turkish biotechnology company specializing in 3D-printed prosthetics, and after two months of research and…
Source:: The Verge