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?
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