Intriguing advances in medical applications have been made by 3D printers. Referred to as bioprinting, many potential uses in medical and dental applications have been conceived and are being realized. Implants, artificial joints, and bone replacements are available now. Skin grafts and eventually replacement organs are likely to become available in the future. Dentists could scan a patient’s mouth and produce a replacement tooth or implant on-site in minutes. A surgeon could produce a replacement jaw, spinal disc, blood vessel or graft while the patient is on the operating table.

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About the Ongoing Social Debate of Biotech Innovation:

What should be of more immediate concern to the biotech community are those who oppose biotechnology because of preconceived notions that to a large extent result in what might be termed technology-invariant social issues.

So, how does the biotech community deal with technology-invariant social issues? How does one develop critical thinking?

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3D PRINTED HUMAN ORGANS – The Political, Moral and Financial Interests

Gartner predicted that the time is drawing near when 3D-bioprinted human organs will be readily available, an advance almost certain to spark a complex debate involving a variety of political, moral and financial interests.

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