posted on Jan, 24 2009 @ 11:26 AM
"To demonstrate a new method for fabricating three-dimensional living biological structures, researchers at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of
Industrial Science (IIS) have created a 5-millimeter tall doll composed of living cells. According to an announcement made on January 22, the
researchers created the tiny figurine by cultivating 100,000 cell capsules — 0.1-millimeter balls of collagen, each coated with dozens of skin cells
— together inside a doll-shaped mold for one day. After the cell capsules had coalesced to form the doll-shaped mass of tissue, it was placed in a
culture solution, where it reportedly survived for more than a day."
Something about this creeps me out! Maybe it is the doll aspect. At first I thought this was going to be about the germ resistant toys being made
The great thing about this is that the technique may be used to grow organs. It seems promising. Am I missing anything nefarious here? I guess the
fact that a living creature was created and survived a whole day might creep me out, I mean, what if the gets perfected to the point of 'creating'
creatures who LOOK human but may really be something else.
If this is perfected, it could literally be used to grow skin over an android or robot.
[edit on 24-1-2009 by hotbakedtater]