An artificial - and very lifelike - ear has been built by scientists using a 3D printer and cartilage from sheep.
The organ was designed by plastic surgeons to make it look as likelike as possible.
Researchers from Massachusetts then grew the required number of cartilage cells to fit custom models under the skin of lab rats.
Wire was added to the moulds to give the implants their shape and make them bend and flex like human ears.
Scientists are now preparing the ear for clinical trials in the hope they could be used in transplant operations.
| Mail Online