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Speaking at the inaugural Wired Health Conference in New York City this week (October 16), Venter said that his team of scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Maryland, are already testing a version of his digital biological converter—designed for what Venter calls “biological teleportation”—according to a report in Wired Science.
“Imagine being able to download a vaccine or your medicine on your computer at home,” Venter said a week earlier (October 8) at The Atlantic Meets the Pacific forum in La Jolla, California, as reported in The Atlantic. "That's the not-to-distant future, and it wipes out the possibility of an epidemic."
...regulators would likely be reluctant to give the green light to DNA printers. The ability the download and print genetic material, such as vaccines, could easily be abused, leading to the creation of dangerous bioweapons, such as retroviruses. Regulators will also have to make sure that the printing is extremely accurate, because any small changes could lead to proteins working in unforeseen, potentially dangerous, ways.
Originally posted by ThePeopleParty
Do you think one day they will be able to print people with these printers?
What are the bets these people have an "accident" though? Can't be doing something that rules out big Pharmaceutical companies
Normal 3-D printers use polymer reels (plastic) to print with, and will become common place very soon, if not already. There's a mod here that already has one.
What is the source material for a 3-D DNA printer? I'm having a hard time getting my head around that.
It would seem that applications would not only include "printing" meds, but the ability to "print" anything biological. To me, it would appear closer to a Star Trek style "Replicator", than a simple medicine dispenser.
Is this the direction we should take? Being dependent on a machine, and a huge network of them? What if the power goes out, and we have long since abandoned the old ways? The philosophical musings are as important as the technology itself.
Willl only beneficial biologicals be replicated?
NASA Researchers: DNA Building Blocks Can Be Made in Space. VIDEO and text.
…"For the first time, we have three lines of evidence that together give us confidence these DNA building blocks actually were created in space." Callahan is lead author of a paper on the discovery appearing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
Using laser beam to 3D print biological tissue on a micrometer scale
Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology have developed a new method to grow biological tissue or to create micro sensors by using a laser beam.
Researchers have had a breakthrough before: to print 3D objects with incredibly fine details using "two-photon lithography", such as a racing car with about 285 micrometers length.
With laser beams, molecules can be fixed at exactly the right position in a three dimensional material. When biological tissue is grown, this method can allow the positioning of chemical signals, telling living cells where to attach. The new technique also holds promise for sensor technology: A tiny three dimensional "lab on a chip" could be created, in which accurately positioned molecules react with substances from the environment.
This new technique is called "3D-photografting". It works like regular 3D printing only on a much smaller scale. The scientists start with a so-called hydrogel – a material made of macromolecules, arranged in a loose meshwork. Between those molecules there are large pores so that other molecules or even cells can migrate.
Using a beam of laser light, scientists are able to introduce selected molecules into the hydrogel meshwork. At the positions where the focused laser beam is most intense, a photochemically labile bond is broken. That way, highly reactive intermediates are created which locally attach to the hydrogel very quickly. The precision depends on the laser's lens system, at the Vienna University of Technology a resolution of 4 µm could be obtained.
BM scientists discovered how to move and position individual atoms on a metal surface using a scanning tunneling microscope. The technique was demonstrated in April 1990 at IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif., where scientists created the world's first structure: the letters "I-B-M" -- assembled one atom at a time. (VV1003)
Tissue engineering technology promises to solve the organ transplantation crisis. However, assembly of vascularized 3D soft organs remains a big challenge. Organ printing, which we define as computer-aided, jet-based 3D tissue-engineering of living human organs, offers a possible solution. Organ printing involves three sequential steps: pre-processing or development of ‘blueprints’ for organs; processing or actual organ printing; and postprocessing or organ conditioning and accelerated organ maturation. A cell printer that can print gels, single cells and cell aggregates has been developed. Layer-by-layer sequentially placed and solidified thin layers of a thermo-reversible gel could serve as ‘printing paper’. Combination of an engineering approach with the developmental biology concept of embryonic tissue fluidity enables the creation of a new rapid prototyping 3D organ printing technology, which will dramatically accelerate and optimize tissue and organ assembly.
Organ printing, or computer-aided layer-by-layer assembly of biological tissues and organs, is currently feasible, fast-evolving and predicted to be a major technology in tissue engineering. Organ printing uses the principle of cellular self-assembly into tissues  similar to the way embryonic-like tissues sort and fuse into functional forms dictated by the rules laid out in developmental biology. Besides their obvious application for organ transplantation, 3D perfused, vascularized, printed human tissues (or structural-functional units of human organs) could become popular screening assays for drug discovery and testing and further biomedical research. It is safe to predict that in the 21st century, cell and organ printers will be as broadly used as biomedical research tools as was the electron microscope in the 20th century.
We're still a decade or so off before the full capabilities of this tech comes to fruition and the publics ability to purchase.
Meningitis outbreak reminds us to be careful about medicines, food we consume
I'm old enough to remember watching the pharmacist at my grandfather's medical clinic mashing pills with a mortar and pestle.
After he ground up the solid medication into a fine powder, he added a liquid solution and poured it into a glass bottle, then turned to his electric typewriter to type the label for the glass bottle. That was in the 1950s, and the pharmacist was compounding the medication, making it specifically for one patient in the needed form and dosage.
…Whether the substances we take into our body are pills, peanut butter or medications injected into us, we are increasingly disconnected from the process of how those chemicals and foods go from the initial point of production to the point of impact on the cells and organs within our bodies.
That disconnect was made ever more real in the past few weeks with the unfolding story of deaths, strokes, affected joints and potentially other life-threatening complications from fungus-contaminated injected steroids made at New England Compounding Center (NECC), a Framingham, Mass., pharmaceutical company.
The continued state of collapse will kill off more weak, in the process.
Originally posted by soficrow
reply to post by moniesisfun
The sick and dying are not so much "weak" as they are more exposed.
These new chronic diseases tend to occur with increased exposures - it's a quantitative cumulative thing - and such illness is adaptive, part of the evolutionary process. Those who appear "weak" are most likely the specimens who carry the best adaptive abilities - those who appear "strong" are unexposed sitting ducks, and they'll succumb at their first contact.