« We Must Do Something About The Media | Main | Obama Ties Bush as Most Politically Polarizing President In Modern History »
January 24, 2013

Printable Organs from 3D Bio-Printers?

Ever notice that it's always the biological technology that's freaky? We have no problems with remote-controlled planes with frickin' laser beams but the second someone starts talking about organs it's weird. Technology is metal and plastic, not flesh, and when it's flesh, it's just strange.

At least for me. But videogame developers seem to agree (hey, we're going to freak you out with a biological gun that shoots out pieces of the user's bones) and so did (MACABRE/VIOLENT CONTENT WARNING) David Croenenberg.

Anyway, this is, I guess, potentially life-saving technology that just wigs me out.

Bio-printers, Wired reports, “have the potential to change the way medical research is conducted, even print living tissue and replacement organs, but they are expensive and highly specialized. They literally build living structures, like blood vessels or skin tissue, cell by cell, revolutionizing biomedical engineering.”

The bioprinters available today are expensive and extremely complicated to operate, but BioCurious may change that. A talented team of hobbyists and scientists, led by Patrik D’haeseleer, who has worked at Harvard Medical School and the Lawrence Livermore National Lab, salvaged parts from ordinary printers and figured out how to print sheets of cells for experiments, all for about $150. One day, D’haeseleer hopes, these printers will churn out intact human tissue.

Imagine the revolution in medical care if affordable 3D printers can make replacement organs on demand. No longer will the grievously ill need to wait months or years for one to become available.


Your Mouth

...is 77% complete; installing Dentation sub-routine.


Rumors, etc.:

Print is not dead!

-- Dr. Varno


digg this
posted by Ace at 04:58 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
FenelonSpoke: "Well, anyway-I hope Mrs. Nathanel Allen had a happ ..."

LizLem: ">>> It's true, but them the check will be held up ..."

Maritime: "Regarding the "why didn't they ever say anything" ..."

Anna Puma (HQCaR): "The only Springfield the Horde probably recognizes ..."

RM: "Ugh. This painting has the potential to haunt my d ..."

Mary Clogginstien from Brattleboro: "I be remember whens we had a reel Presdent (Obama) ..."

willow: "I think that is Springfield? ..."

geoffb: "With Hef gone Playboy is ordering out for some Tha ..."

BourbonChicken: "Rhesus feces isn't as good as m&ms. ..."

FenelonSpoke: "Yes, put "Jesus Christ" as Head Of Organization. I ..."

Mike Hammer, etc., etc.: " So, 'Pretty Baby' was a documentary? ..."

Lizzy [/i]: ">>Oh, and I thought OregonMuse was giving us ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64