Need a new organ, just print one with the printer

http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,69701,00.html?tw=rss.TOP

Such technology could be used as a way to print organs for those waiting for replacements or for those who need one. :wink:

Where do you find such stuff, Icoxo? You seem to be in to this extreme, on the edge technology! So, what are you using Blender for, a hobby?
Anyway, on the topic:
This organs printing is definately the last thing i would have thought of even in my wildest sci-fi dreams! I knew that organs can be grown outside from the body in special conditions, but this is way beyond it. If an image of an organ can be stored on a computer and transported to a printer, then people could start share organs over internet. You bring up “morpheus”, type in kidney, and a list emerges:
Hosts | Name | Blood type | Age |
*251 Kidney, good condition A+ 25


I’m getting some ideas inspired from this…
Maybe the possibility of transporting entire humans is next. I mean, they can take an image of every cell in your body, send it to a shared public printer in Hawai (in a meanwile hackers altered your DNA, and you turn up as a three eyed freak).

“DAMMIT! This organ’s screwed up! You printed it with the wrong DPI!”

But would this include (could it) the totality of the chemical and electrical state of your body (if your body can even be thought of as separate from your environment)?

Yeah, you’re probably right, but it was just a thought!

mmmmmm… hmmmmm… :-? Well… I ummmm… There are a lot of insane things possible, but this probably not.

This concept (or similar, anyway) was one of the side benefits of the “Transporter” technology in Star Trek that was never fleshed out (no pun intended) in the shows. They never explored the concepts of what could be done to or for the human body while it went thru the transition from matter to energy to matter. Organs or limbs or features could be replaced/upgraded. Foreign and harmful elements (like bacteria or cancer) could be “filtered” out. Even DNA could be rewritten. You got a cold? Simply transport somewhere! Gone! Want to be taller? Jump in the unit, dial up the numbers, and out the other end you come, 6’-8"!..

…anyway, just somethin’ to rant about - your post brought it to mind, Icoxo.

I read about this a few years ago, in a Norwegian computer magazine, I think. It didn’t say anything about actual results, so they might’ve made loads or no progress since then, I guess. Very interesting technology, either way.

Didn’t know teleporters could do that, though one tricky proposition would be to turn matter into energy and energy into matter. There are the laws of conservation of matter and energy we would have to get around. If it is possible, we could not only revolutionize travel but if you can use it to rearrange shapes and forms of the person imagine what wicked costume parties would come out of that. There’s also the mention we could give amputees new real arms and legs instead of having to be bionic men. Though for now robotic replacements will have to do.

Everybody’s getting a bit off-track.

The bio-paper works as a scaffold to support and nurture cells, and should be eaten away by them or naturally degrade, researchers said.

Though it can take less than two minutes to print a sheet of bio-paper with bio-ink, it can take about a week for such a tube to fuse, Forgacs said.

So they only print the scaffold. Not the cells themselves.

I can imagine the software that would come with printers in the future. “Clean print heads”, “Check ink levels”, “Print test kidney”.

I wouldn’t want to have to clear a paper jam with one of those, though.

What if you ran out of ink? :o

Well if it was printing out a brain at the time you’d end up with Dubya.

There is also a printer for electronic components that uses low melting point metals, such as Bismuth. The most interesting thing about this printer, is it cann replicate itself!

The idea we can be printing organs in 10-15 years is insane. There is just too many genetic complications at the moment, I believe. I mean we still have trouble implanting human hearts with matching blood types.