Currently showing: Funding longer lives

31 May 13 11:04

Following the amazing progress in the three dimensional bio printing field including the regeneration of human lower jaw and ear and more recently of mini-human livers is it time to make a step further towards more complex human organs such as the heart?

The first copies of real human hearts come from the Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC where around $250,000 was spent on a printer. Made from plastic, they are exact anatomical replicas of hearts of patients with unusual anatomic complications. Laura Olivieri, a children's' cardiologist interestingly explains that these hearts enable the surgeon to see the exact anatomical landscape they have to navigate.

The heart is created by giving the printer data from patients' tomography or ultrasound scans thus allowing the machine to build replicas layer by layer.
Efforts are already initiated in the specific hospital to make a 3D real human tissue.

The power of science at its best!

Category: Funding longer lives



Alicia Montoya - 2 Jun 2013, 8:30 a.m.

Oh. My. God.!!

That's just amazing. Now that we can pretty much replace all of our organs (and have our doctors print them within minutes in their offices... or living rooms!), I guess the final frontier is the mind. And how do we make sure that our mind stays healthy in what is increasingly looking like eternal bodies?

I've read about downloading our consciousness into a new body/brain...

Does that mean that we could live forever? And would we want to? I know one thing: I don't want a working body without a working brain to go with it. I guess neurological science will need to advance enormously to match the improvements we've made in the physical extensions to life?

Nicola Oliver - 6 Jun 2013, 3:45 p.m.

Neuroscience would certainly have to accelerate it's understanding Alicia - the brain remains a little understand organ that embraces both our physical function and deeply rooted emotional and psychological being. I agree that living forever is certainly not attractive. In fact for me, the most plausible theory on ageing and so-called 'immortality' is that of Carnes and Olshansky -

'The duration of the process (of ageing) can be thought of as the biological equivalent of a warranty period where senescence is the unintended byproduct of bodies’ surviving up to or beyond their warranty - These warranty periods vary not only from species to species, but also from individual to individual - Our prediction about the future of human life expectancy is quite specific. We first made it in 1990 and reaffirmed it in 2001. Life expectancy for humans, we assert, is unlikely to exceed 85 years (for men and women combined) unless it becomes possible to slow the rate of aging in a significant fraction of the population'

A Realistic View of Ageing, Mortality and Future Longevity. Bruce Carnes & S Jay Olshansky

If you would like to leave a comment, please, log in.