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?
To highlight the necessity of an efficient healthcare system and the risks of self medication, the NGO Doctors of the World released a series of videos describing how to treat injuries and diseases with a bit of tongue-in-cheek humour. For example, one video features how one should heal a broken shinbone with a sander and a staple gun. Another video explains how you can remove a decayed tooth with an electric drill and a hairdryer.
The Red Cross in Singapore and more than 12,000 professionally trained people who can give first aid now use the iPhone app “Rapid Rescue”. In case of an emergency, users can activate the app and an alarm is sent to first aid givers within a range of 2km. Directions on a map are also provided.