#248: 3D Print a Kidney, anyone? — February 19, 2016

#248: 3D Print a Kidney, anyone?

Switch off CNN, BBC and all the negative news segments they carry…Instead, survey another less-discussed part of the world; the world of scientific discoveries. People are already 3D printing miniature sized kidneys! How fascinating is that? Soon we’ll be moving away from a world where an algorithm determines where a donor kidney goes, because if a patient needs a kidney, all he’ll have to do is click Print. Of course it’s not that simple, but think of the possibilities in a world where kidneys and other organs could be 3D printed.

People won’t have to wait for bad news to hit another family to receive their organs.

People crippled by dialysis bills would just need to pay one bill –for a new kidney.

People won’t need to request family members or friends to donate a kidney, and feel the sense of rejection if they can but won’t do it.

Videos to watch on this:

https://www.ted.com/talks/anthony_atala_printing_a_human_kidney?language=en

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tpy9NShieZg

What are your thoughts on this?

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#249: Are We Ready For MicroFish Invading our Bodies? — February 5, 2016

#249: Are We Ready For MicroFish Invading our Bodies?

3D‐Printed Artificial Microfish
According to Jacobs School of Engineering website, nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego 3D printed multipurpose fish-shaped microrobots — called microfish. They were made to swim around efficiently in liquids, are chemically powered by hydrogen peroxide and can be controlled magnetically. These synthetic microfish could allow for detoxification and drug delivery inside the body.

So imagine a group of your own 3D printed superheroes being inserted into your body to feed on toxins and deliver drugs to specific sites. How cool would that be? I’m imagining science-fiction-like scenes where these mcirofish decide to go rogue and start feeding on healthy human organ cells. Would a SWAT team of microfish be sent in to fetch them, or would surgery be done to get them out by force. Coming to think about it? What are the dangers of having such foreign objects roaming around in the human body? But then again, if patients are willing to put radioactive tracers in their bodies for diagnosing internal bleeding or problems with the thyroid gland, then a school of fish feeding on toxins might not be that bad.

I can’t wait to see the future application of this research.

Source: http://jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/news/news_releases/release.sfe?id=1797