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Maybe they can print Dodger a new penis.   :D

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35581454

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Custom-made, living body parts have been 3D-printed in a significant advance for regenerative medicine, say scientists.
The sections of bone, muscle and cartilage all functioned normally when implanted into animals.
The breakthrough, published in Nature Biotechnology, raises the hope of using living tissues to repair the body.
Experts described the technology, developed in the US, as a "goose that really does lay golden eggs".
The idea of placing individual human cells in a precise pattern to replace a damaged jaw, missing ear or scarred heart muscle holds much promise.
But the field has been limited by the huge challenge of keeping the cells alive - they become starved of oxygen and nutrients in tissues thicker than 0.2 millimetres.
Sponge
The team at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre developed a new technique that 3D-prints a tissue riddled with micro-channels, rather like a sponge, to allow nutrients to penetrate the tissue.

Similar techniques in which the biodegradable scaffolding is built first and then soaked in cells are already being used in patients.
Women were given lab-grown vaginas at the Wake Forest centre two years ago, but the range of treatments is again limited by keeping the cells alive.
Prof Atala added: "In this study we printed a wide range of tissue strengths - from muscles as a soft tissue to cartilage and bone as a hard tissue showing a whole range of tissue strengths is possible.
"The hope is to continue work on these technologies to target other humans tissues as well."
And ultimately they aim to print directly into a patient.
'Golden goose'
Prof Martin Birchall, a surgeon at University College London, said the results were "striking".
He told the BBC: "The prospect of printing human tissues and organs for implantation has been a real one for some time, but I confess I did not expect to see such rapid progress.
"They have managed to create what appears to be the goose that really does lay golden eggs!"
He cautioned there was still more research to be done before the printer could be used in patients.
But he concluded: "Given the scale of this breakthrough, progress in other fields, the resources available to the researchers at Wake Forest and the imperatives for human health, I think it will be less than a decade before surgeons like me are trialling customised printed organs and tissues. I can't wait!"




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Maybe they can print Dodger a new penis.   :D

Good idea the one I have is just too big and heavy ...

This technology could put prostitutes out of work :scratchchin:



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Good idea the one I have is just too big and heavy ...

This technology could put prostitutes out of work :scratchchin:


And then you woke up.........


3D print a Cameron Diaz!!!!  YEAH!!!!     :headbang:



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I thought it was only me on the diaz train?

good to see there are others.



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Interesting.

So if we combine that new tech with this new bio tech below, does this mean we are on the cusp of realistically living to 200 years or more?:

Genetically modified blood turned into 'living drug' in stunning new therapy that hunts down and destroys diseased cells and prevents them from returning

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3448598/The-living-drug-wipe-cancer-Stunning-new-therapy-hunts-destroys-diseased-cells-prevents-returning.html

A revolutionary treatment that could stop cancer from ever coming back is close to becoming widely available, scientists said yesterday.
Dubbed a ‘living drug’, it will act in a similar way to a vaccine, by being constantly alert for the disease returning.
T-cell immunotherapy hit headlines last year when British baby Layla Richards became one of the first people in the world to be given the treatment, which is made from the body’s own cells.
Now, two landmark studies have revealed the therapy’s stunning potential.
One suggests it will last for at least 14 years in the body, raising the tantalising prospect of a permanent cure for cancer.
In the other, 94 per cent of terminally ill patients saw the disease vanish completely.
The ‘extraordinary’ results are ‘unprecedented in medicine’, the world’s biggest science conference heard
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The ‘extraordinary’ results are ‘unprecedented in medicine’, the world’s biggest science conference heard
The ‘extraordinary’ results – seen in so-called ‘liquid’ cancers such as leukaemia rather than those that form solid tumours – are ‘unprecedented in medicine’, the world’s biggest science conference heard.
Researcher Chiara Bonini said: ‘This really is a revolution.’
The treatment is created from T-cells – white blood cells that normally fight off viruses and bacteria – which are removed from the patient and genetically tweaked to recognise and attack their cancer.
The genetically-modified cells are then grown in their millions in a lab before being infused back into the patient, where they hunt down and destroy the cancer cells.
Scientists around the world are perfecting the technique, and a series of trials have shown it to have remarkable potential.
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Some of the most exciting results come from the San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan, where doctors gave ten patients infusions of T-cells and watched how long they lasted in the body.
One type of T-cell survived for 14 years, the conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science heard.
Dr Bonini said these cells may last for life. If they were also genetically engineered to hunt out and destroy cancer, they would patrol the body year after year and stop it from ever returning.
She likened the therapy to a vaccine that gives protection for life against an infection, adding: ‘T-cells are a living drug and they have the potential to persist in our body for our whole lives.
'Our findings have profound implications for the design of T-cell-based immunotherapies.’
Dr Bonini said patients were ‘very close’ to the first treatments becoming widely available.'

T-cell immunotherapy is created from T-cells bottom left in left image) – white blood cells that normally fight off viruses and bacteria. These are removed from the patient and genetically tweaked to recognise and attack their cancer. The genetically-modified cells are then grown in their millions in a lab before being infused back into the patient, where they hunt down cancer cells (right)
The cancer cells are then destroyed. Researchers likened the therapy to a vaccine that gives protection for life against an infection. Scientists around the world are now perfecting the technique
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The cancer cells are then destroyed. Researchers likened the therapy to a vaccine that gives protection for life against an infection. Scientists around the world are now perfecting the technique
Professor Daniel Davis, a Manchester University expert on the immune system, described the study as ‘an important advance’.
He said: ‘The implication is that infusing genetically-modified versions of these particular T-cells could provide a long-lasting immune response. Immunotherapy has great potential to revolutionise cancer treatments and this study shows which type of T-cells might be especially useful to manipulate.’
A second study, also presented at the conference in Washington DC, reinforced the potential of T-cell immunotherapy.
When scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle gave genetically-modified T-cells to leukaemia patients with months to live, the cancer disappeared in 94 per cent of cases. Patients with other blood cancers saw response rates of greater than 80 per cent, with more than half experiencing complete remission.
Researcher Dr Stanley Riddell said: ‘These are patients that have failed [every other treatment].
‘Most patients in our trial would be projected to have two to five months to live.
'This is extraordinary... unprecedented in medicine to get response rates in this range in these very advanced patients.

‘We have a long way to go. The response is not always durable, some of these patients do relapse … but the early data is unprecedented.’
Professor Dirk Busch, a T-cell researcher at the Technical University of Munich, said: ‘We have now for the first time genetically engineered T-cells in patients.
‘A couple of years ago, nobody would have expected that they would work so nicely, that they would survive so nicely. That opens the door for getting more creative and making better cells.’
The treatment is not without its challenges, including side-effects that can be severe and even fatal. Success so far has been in leukaemia and other ‘liquid’ cancers, rather than prostate, breast and other tumours that form lumps.
Getting T-cells deep inside solid tumours will be difficult. Cost is also an issue, as the treatment is tailored to individual patients.
Cancer Research UK’s Dr Kat Arney said it was an ‘exciting prospect’.
She stressed that it ‘doesn’t yet work for all patients … we still need more results from more trials … but there’s a lot of hope this type of therapy could save lives’.
‘Like a vaccine that protects for life.’



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Couple this with Robots designing and building other robots and it's getting pretty scary........    :eek:



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Nanobots will be able to construct single cell organisms and using technology similar to the bodies ribosomes will basically "create" a human. terminator is here gents!!




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Nanobots will be able to construct single cell organisms and using technology similar to the bodies ribosomes will basically "create" a human. terminator is here gents!!

I think that is a way off yet.



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perhaps in 10 years time bank will start offering 60 year mortgages?  :scratchchin:



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