If grinding up bone to 3D print art wasn't bizarre enough for you, how about using bioprinting to coax along evolution? That's what Agatha Hanes expects to happen. The London-based artist (why do they always seem to reside in the UK?) told 3dprint.com she thinks that bioprinting will extend beyond the capability of replacing failed or missing body parts to ultimately allow designers to create super humans - or at least people with enhanced organs.
In a recent presentation, Ms. Hanes displayed numerous re-engineered manikins - that I assume were themselves 3D prints - with unique - if not desirable - features. She even suggested new organs that could overcome common illnesses like strokes or heart attacks...
"Her Electrostabilis Cardiuma defibrillator-like organ features electrocyte cells that can form a charge large enough to stop a person from having a heart attack. Another organ she came up with is called the Tremomucosa Expulsum, and it is designed for people with cystic fibrosis. It uses rattlesnake muscles to get rid of all the mucus from the lungs and dispel it through the stomach."
But first, we have to master the additive manufacturing of organs before we attempt to tackle re-engineering them. Hopefully, the bioethicists will have a chance to debate the merits of organ enhancement before it becomes viable.