Mail-order organs and body parts

This might sound a bit macabre, but we wrote a couple of MindBullets some time back about how, in the future, you would be able to get replacement organs from ‘Organs R Us’ or even print out some new skin or blood vessels using ink-jet printers filled with blood cells or living tissue.

Well that future scenario is happening now! Take a look at this video from CBS News, where doctors ‘grow’ a replacement bladder and transplant it into the patient, and print heart valves from cells.


I think this again raises the debate whether growing organic components will beat out manufacturing them synthetically.

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