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3D Printing Embryonic Stem Cells

This stem-cell printer is the world's first living tissue deposit/building machine.   (Source: Colin Hattersley/Heriot-Watt University)
This stem-cell printer is the world’s first living tissue deposit/building machine.
(Source: Colin Hattersley/Heriot-Watt University)

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Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   3/11/2013 6:53:44 AM
Your point is well taken, gaga1017, but as journalists, it's not our place to judge morally whether something is good or bad. Of course engineers all have to make the decisions for themselves whether they want to take part in some type of research or not based on moral or even religious beliefs. But what Cabe did in this article was to report on something innovative that is happening in the field of 3D printing and medicine. Our readers here at Design News are largely engineers, so this was meant to be informative to them, not make any judgment on the activity itself. That is up to the people involved, I would think.

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bobjengr   3/14/2013 5:19:22 PM
I certainly agree with the comments Elizabeth made.  Cabe is merely reporting on a very fascinating advancement in 3-D printing.  I really don't think it's our place here to moralize.  I personally feel if technology can allieviate any human suffering for the living it's appropriate to investigate.  I have one friend who suffers from chronic back pain due to a car wreck had several years ago.   After four major surgeries, stem cell research is his only real option for lessening of the pain. This could be a great application for existing and improving technology. 

Cabe Atwell
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Cabe Atwell   3/18/2013 4:53:02 PM
Sometimes tech like this never gets out of the development stage. To jump the gun and raise flags, whatever cliché, over the content usually doesn't matter. People exploit others for organs daily. Sometime against their will. I am sure that is happening with stem-cells too. Perhaps there are "evil scientists" out there willing to take the cells, we just don't know. Though, state sponsorship of organ/cell harvesting will never happen here in the USA, so feel safe.

However, somehow this research needs to take place for humanities ultimate benefit... how to go about it will be tricky.


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