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Sheeza Basharat
Sheeza Basharat4 months ago


Bioprinting Body Parts May Lead To Crazy Cosmetic Requests⁠ ⁠ ⁠ Recently, a 20-year-old young woman underwent the first ear transplant. She had been born with a condition where her ears didn't develop.⁠ ⁠ Her own cells were used in a printer — kind of a dot printer — and layer by layer, they built up a living artificial ear that could accept circulation from her own body.⁠ ⁠ Bioprinting could move into the production of skin, or perhaps blood vessels. It's not yet quite to the point where we could see somebody print out a functioning heart. That's too complicated in terms of getting everything right so that it would work — although someday, but not soon. Same thing with a functional liver.⁠ ⁠ There is a weirder future coming. ⁠ ⁠ A person could say, "I'm a big fan of Mr Spock on Star Trek." For those who don't know, Spock had very pointy, big ears.⁠ ⁠ A bioprinter that can make a human-like ear can make all kinds of ears. Some people would say, "Oh, that would be cool. I have tattoos, I have piercings. Now, I'd like to see some of this technology used to alter my body appearance, to alter my presentation to others, to make me part of a group, a club, a gang, an association, or whatever it is."⁠ ⁠ Are there limits we should impose? What are the implications we're not thinking about here? ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ By:

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