Earlier this year, scientists from Cornell University successfully created an artificial human ear by printing it on a 3-D printer.

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As 3-D printing moves into the mainstream, liability insurers need to prepare for emerging risk issues, like latent defects, intellectual property disputes and complex professional liability scenarios for 3-D model designers, according to CFC Underwriting's Graeme Newman.

Created by squirting living cells into an injection mold, the ears could replace those of individuals who have lost all or part of their ear in an accident or due to cancer, or for children with congenital defects.

It is thought the technology could pave the way for purpose-built replacement organs eliminating the need for organ donation or the possibility of transplant rejection.

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