Thursday, May 19, 2016
Synthetic Human Design (part 4)
One benefit of these studies is that we could synthetically “print” human organs with organic plastic. Dr. Lee Smith, chief of pediatric otolaryngology at the Cohen Children's Medical Center, stated, “Before 3-D printing, there was no way we could make a trachea ideally fitted for a 2-year-old.” Printing the trachea requires a desktop 3D-printer and a syringe filled with bio-ink, a syrupy material made of living cells. Research is already underway towards producing bionic body parts, living organs, implants made of synthetic bone, and a variety of other creations. Someday, a kidney or liver transplant may not require a compatible donor—we may very well have our organs custom-printed and replaced without the threat of rejection. Mechanical heart valves that require blood thinner for life, or pig heart valves that must be replaced every 15 years might become a thing of the past, when a brand new heart valve, customized and printed from your very own cells, might give you another lifetime's worth of a fully functioning and entirely compatible heart valve.