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?
Reebok have taken their EasyTone shoe concept to clothes. They have released tops and trousers that create resistance with every move, giving them the same toning capabilities.
A healthy sugar alternative will start appearing on health store shelves from this month. Stevia, a South American shrub with very sweet leaves, was approved by the European Food Safety Authority for use in the EU in early December 2011. As a sweetener which is low carb, 300 times sweeter than cane sugar and has almost no impact on blood sugar levels, it will be of special interest to those with blood sugar and weight management concerns.