Wake Forest: Printing Spare (Body) Parts
VICE News visits Wake Forest University’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine to learn how 3D printing is being leveraged to not only create prosthetics but fully realized replacement body parts made from human tissue. As this technology develops and scales, issues of organ and tissue shortages could become a thing of the past. At the same time, ethical questions about printing entire human bodies (touched on in science fiction like West World) become very real.
Assignment Idea: Organ Engineering
What are the benefits and the risks of tissue and organ engineering? If it is a lifesaving measure how long would the replacement last? What ethical questions could arise? Would the cost be prohibitive? Would insurance companies cover it? Would only the wealthy be able to afford the opportunity?
Creative Writing, Ethics, Medicine, Philosophy
- research based essay on the benefits and/or the risks of tissue and organ engineering
- identification of organ or tissue to be developed
- blueprint or sketch of organ or tissue (optional)
- 3D printed organ or tissue model (using regular filament)
- presentation to class