The Reading / Listening - Bio-printing - Level 4

Scientists advanced the possibility of reproducing the body's organs by using 3D printing. Scientists could make organs by using bio-printing. Scientists could create networks of thin tubes, like those used in our body to let blood flow. These are called vascular networks. A bio-engineer said one problem to create tissue replacements has been an inability to print complex vascular networks that can supply nutrients to tissue.



Another professor wrote about the difficulty of recreating vascular networks. She said: "Tissue engineering has struggled with this for a generation." She said: "If we can print tissues that look and now even breathe more like the healthy tissues in our bodies, will they also then functionally behave more like those tissues?" She said bio-printing could become a popular therapy. Scientists hope this method will help millions waiting for organ transplants.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Bio-printing - Level 5 or  Bio-printing - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/bioprinting-vascular-networks/
  • https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/health/a27355578/3d-print-lungs/
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/organ-3d-printing-yellow-food-dye-bioprinting-a8897226.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. reproducing the body's
  2. make organs by
  3. networks of thin
  4. to let blood
  5. These are called vascular
  6. create tissue
  7. an inability to
  8. networks that can supply
  1. networks
  2. tubes
  3. print
  4. using bio-printing
  5. nutrients
  6. flow
  7. organs
  8. replacements

Paragraph 2

  1. Another professor wrote
  2. struggled with this for a
  3. breathe more like the healthy
  4. in our
  5. functionally behave more
  6. bio-printing could become a
  7. this method will
  8. organ
  1. popular therapy
  2. tissues
  3. help millions
  4. like those tissues
  5. transplants
  6. about the difficulty
  7. bodies
  8. generation

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists advanced (1) ___________________ reproducing the body's organs by (2) ___________________. Scientists could make organs by using bio-printing. Scientists could create (3) ___________________ tubes, like those used in our body to (4) ___________________. These are called vascular networks. A bio-engineer said one (5) ___________________ tissue replacements has been an inability to print complex vascular networks that can (6) ___________________ tissue.

Another professor wrote about the difficulty (7) ___________________ networks. She said: "Tissue engineering (8) ___________________ this for a generation." She said: "If we can (9) ___________________ look and now even breathe more like the healthy (10) ___________________ bodies, will they also then functionally behave more like those tissues?" She said bio-printing could become (11) ___________________. Scientists hope this method will help millions (12) ___________________ transplants.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistsadvancedthepossibilityofreproducingthebody'sorgansbyu
sing3Dprinting.Scientistscouldmakeorgansbyusingbio-printing.Sci
entistscouldcreatenetworksofthintubes,likethoseusedinourbodytol
etbloodflow.Thesearecalledvascularnetworks.Abio-engineersaido
neproblemtocreatetissuereplacementshasbeenaninabilitytoprintco
mplexvascularnetworksthatcansupplynutrientstotissue.Anotherpro
fessorwroteaboutthedifficultyofrecreatingvascularnetworks.Shesai
d:"Tissueengineeringhasstruggledwiththisforageneration."Shesaid
:"Ifwecanprinttissuesthatlookandnowevenbreathemorelikethehealt
hytissuesinourbodies,willtheyalsothenfunctionallybehavemoreliket
hosetissues?"Shesaidbio-printingcouldbecomeapopulartherapy.Sc
ientistshopethismethodwillhelpmillionswaitingfororgantransplants.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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