For sale: human skin tissue
The researchers of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering & Biotechnology in Stuttgart can now engineer medical human tissue and organs for transplants on an industrial level. The lab plans to produce 5,000 coin sized discs of tissue per month at €50 each.
Why it matters
If human tissue becomes a manufactured good being produced in a mass market dimension, will we see human spare parts plants in the future? And how might this affect the personal or skin care industry?
People who suffer from sleep apnea – a sleep disorder characterised by abnormal pauses in breathing – now have a new device that could help them get a better night’s sleep. Japanese scientists have developed a teddy bear shaped pillow (called Jukusi-kun) that monitors a person’s frequency of breath and blood oxygen levels. The bear then wakes them up with a “paw move” to correct their sleeping position.
Withings new Wi-Fi scales automatically links your weight data to your iPhone or computer without any effort. It also allows instant sharing of your progress with specific diets with a doctor or stores the data on Microsoft’s new Health Vault or Google Health.