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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Wow! Not sure what else can be said about printing living organs for transplant.

Posted Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at 4:08 PM
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  • This is fascinating. Thanks for sharing.

    -- Posted by jbillswms on Wed, May 11, 2011, at 9:02 PM
  • Wow says it! I'm on the fence about this one, much like cloning human body parts. I don't think we have the right to play God...much like the story in the bible where God gives everyone a foreign tongue for trying to build a tower high enough to reach him [Genisis 11:5-9, the tower of Babel], I think he will eventually put a stop to man kinds brazen liberties.

    But on the other hand, I empathize with those needing an organ to survive. Do we devalue human life by not doing all we can to save it from pre-mature death? In all honesty, if it were my child in need of a transplant I'd probably be running the printer myself.

    But then again, by prolonging life do we do more harm to mankind than good? ...overcrowding/overpopulation, food shortages, perceived notion of invincibility, etc.

    -- Posted by shawna.jones on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 12:04 AM
  • It is kind of scary, but the potential for persons needing transplants is enormous!!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 10:22 AM
  • I like the idea of the "sideline" ideas such as drug testing,joint replacement,growing skin,etc.

    as ways to test the waters for bio-printing before we take on some of the more ethically challenging aspects of this technology.

    As with the cloning we already know about,there will be questions concerning the commercialization of life itself.

    But,if gateway procedures help fund the progress needed to grow neural pathways,vital organs,endangered species and other life-enhancing tissues,then we can do our part to develop the maturity required to handle these technologies in a caring responsible manner.

    I can't help but look forward to a day when waiting lists for transplants seem as outdated as the long-nosed masks on plague doctors.

    Someday,we may have the skill to mass-produce serfs with no legal status as humans but I expect we will figure out how to solve our problems with traditional reproduction and heal cognitive disorders for the mentally disabled long before we can use the stem cells in our body fat to make robots of flesh and blood instead of metal and plastic.

    -- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, May 12, 2011, at 6:22 PM
  • I saw a human ear made with one of the devices a while back for a guy who lost an ear in an accident. Amazing technology.

    -- Posted by cherokee2 on Fri, May 13, 2011, at 1:42 PM
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