Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook


Forgot your password?
Biotech Medicine Build

3D Bioprinters Could Make Enhanced, Electricity-Generating 'Superorgans' 69 69

New submitter meghan elizabeth (3689911) writes Why stop at just mimicking biology when you can biomanufacture technologically improved humans? 3D-printed enhanced "superorgans"—or artificial ones that don't exist in nature—could be engineered to perform specific functions beyond what exists in nature, like treating disease. Already, a bioprinted artificial pancreas that can regulate glucose levels in diabetes patients is being developed. Bioprinting could also be used to create an enhanced organ that can generate electricity to power electronic implants, like pacemakers.
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

3D Bioprinters Could Make Enhanced, Electricity-Generating 'Superorgans'

Comments Filter:
  • First Biomachines (Score:4, Insightful)

    by John.Banister (1291556) * on Saturday June 14, 2014 @01:58AM (#47235081) Homepage
    I can see them having success with biological machines that replace more cumbersome mechanical machines. I can even see them producing special purpose machines, like something that processes blood alcohol and takes some of the stress from over consumption off of the liver. But replacing undamaged organs with "superorgans" will take a while as people learn what isn't now known about the complexity of the systems in which organs interact. By the time they get there they might end up with distributed organs made of groups of self replicating nano sized biomachines and we'll have to be scared of a whole new class of viruses.

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro..." -- Hunter S. Thompson