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?
Garnier has decided to take advantage of the Spanish victory in the football World Cup to promote its new deodorant Garnier Mineral. They have created an online Mexican wave in an attempt to break the world record. Spanish internet users have been asked to extend the wave over 48 hours (the same hours the deodorant gives you protection). They have to record themselves doing the wave and upload the video to www.haz-la-ola.es. By taking part they are in with the chance of winning a trip to Haiti.
Drugstores across America will be selling tests to scan their genes for a propensity for Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, diabetes or other ailments. The test also promises users insights into how caffeine, cholesterol-lowering drugs and blood thinners might affect them.