Wolfgang Grulke Wonderful article in latest Scientific American

"Test-Tube Teeth" covers the progress being made into the regenration of teeth - read it! http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa006&colID=1&articleID=0007FC52-C822-12DB-882283414B7F0000
Posted: 2 August 2005 at 09:20

Doug Vining Lab-grown cartilage fixes damaged knees

Tissue engineering can effectively fix damaged knee cartilage, researchers have shown for the first time. Cartilage cells donated by patients were grown on scaffolds in the lab before being implanted back into their knees. More than a year later analysis showed the cartilage had matured successfully, even in patients with osteoarthritis.
Posted: 6 July 2006 at 18:38

Neil Jacobsohn "Grow your own teeth" becoming a reality

Researchers are finding ways to use stem cells to regrow teeth--a potentially easier and healthier alternative to dentures and dental implants. - MIT Technology Review, 22 February 2007: http://www.technologyreview.com/Biotech/18216/
Posted: 5 March 2007 at 20:30

Doug Vining Pfizer Regenerative Medicine

Pfizer today announced the launch of a new research unit known as Pfizer Regenerative Medicine.

LONDON, UK - This independent research unit will build on recent scientific progress in understanding the biology of stem cells and the opportunity that provides to discover and develop a new generation of regenerative medicines for major medical needs.
Scientists at Pfizer Regenerative Medicine will explore the use of stem cells to develop future treatments that may prevent disability, repair failing organs and treat degenerative diseases. The ultimate goal will be to deliver new medicinal products that can pave the way for the use of cells as therapeutics.
Posted: 20 November 2008 at 10:28

Wolfgang Grulke RE: Pfizer Regenerative Medicine

And of course this week's news of a new trachea grown from the patient's stem cells is another example of how this technology is coming into the mainstream.

See the video clip on YouTube here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH9-yaQnKTA
Posted: 20 November 2008 at 11:35

Doug Vining Gene for new teeth

Scientists Identify Gene Responsible For Tooth Growth Scientists have reported new insights gathered from a single gene that could one day be used to help adults grow a new set of teeth. Scientists from the University of Rochester bred mice that lacked the oddskipped related-2 (Osr2) gene. They noted that mice that lacked the gene grew an extra ...
Posted: 9 March 2009 at 18:44

Doug Vining Printing body parts

Making a bit of me
A machine that prints organs is coming to market
From the Economist

It looks like this MindBullet was spot on - although the dominant technology might be 3D printing rather than 'growing' organs.
Posted: 18 February 2010 at 20:16

Wolfgang Grulke RE: Printing body parts

We did in fact do a MindBullet on exactly this 3D Printing scenario - it was headlined PRINTING: THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING!
Posted: 19 February 2010 at 11:31

Doug Vining Grow your own trachea

From printing bone implants and kidneys to growing your own organs - it's really happening now.

Here's a patient who has been saved with a 'natural' artificial trachea grown from his own stem cells and transplanted into his body. This was the scenario we envisaged back in 2004 when this MindBullet was published, and is starting to become a viable alternative to transplants from donors.

How long before we can order new livers to replace our over-used ones? Cheers!
A FuturesForum post (titled: "Grow your own trachea") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here: http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/FuturesForum/BlogDetails.aspx?PostID=db8e02a8-5f74-4c28-bd2b-d8c9290aed86
Posted: 11 July 2011 at 16:58

Neil Jacobsohn Can step cell therapy cure Alzheimer's?

The promise of exciting new medical cures arising from stem cell therapy have been in the wind for years now. But as the science develops, it seems those promises are getting closer - including hopes of a cure for Alzheimer's. Read on...
A FuturesForum post (titled: "Can step cell therapy cure Alzheimer's?") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here: http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/FuturesForum/BlogDetails.aspx?PostID=0a1ef42c-0e9e-417a-82e0-81b0d9f5e0ad
Posted: 24 July 2012 at 12:14

Doug Vining Printing organs gaining ground

I love this news article - the headline reads like a MindBullet from 2004!

The jury is still out whether we will grow custom organs or print them. Probably it will be a combination of the two; growing the cultured cells and then printing them into the required structure to make an organ. The timeline is pretty close.
A FuturesForum post (titled: "Printing organs gaining ground") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here: http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/FuturesForum/BlogDetails.aspx?PostID=24031bba-3058-4213-b635-543fcc9427f8
Posted: 10 January 2013 at 18:12

Neil Jacobsohn 3D printing of stem cells

Two key technologies - stem cells and 3D printing - come together. What does this mean for mankind? Could we live to 120 and beyond? Do we want to? What are the implications for work and retirement, for welath, for population, for the divide between rich and poor? These kind of breakthroughs are the reality of the world we live in - how are you preparing yourself and your business to understand this future - and then design and create the future you want?
A FuturesForum post (titled: "3D printing of stem cells") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here: http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/FuturesForum/BlogDetails.aspx?PostID=41a361da-a326-4174-a593-fdfd6def8dcf
Posted: 8 February 2013 at 11:27

Doug Vining Kidneys today, liver tomorrow

Almost nine years ago, we envisaged a future where replacement organs could be grown in a lab, preferably using your own cells. We have seen a lot of work in this direction over the past few years, and an interesting convergence of culturing cells with 3D printing of artificial scaffolds to produce fully functioning organs.

Simple organs like bladders have already been 'manufactured' and planted into humans in the US. Kidneys are a lot more complex, but the need is great. Now that a kidney has been grown and transplanted into a rat, can humans be far behind?
A FuturesForum post (titled: "Kidneys today, liver tomorrow") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here: http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/FuturesForum/BlogDetails.aspx?PostID=bd9d00e8-2559-440b-bb24-0f6139c994f9
Posted: 15 April 2013 at 12:13

Doug Vining Can I order my liver now?

We've long been writing about the day when you'll be able to grow replacement organs, and now it's getting closer than ever.

Eventually we'll be able to just order new organs online, and pay by credit card.

Those of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook will know that I'm inordinately fond of red wine. Perhaps I should order my replacement liver now, even though the one I've got is still in good shape!
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Posted: 4 July 2013 at 19:41

Anton Musgrave Stem cells in thirty minutes

Another step change in stem cell technology.
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Posted: 30 January 2014 at 04:19

Doug Vining Printing skin

Skin can be cultured in the lab and used to treat burns and other injuries. But how much more efficient to just print it out with a bio-printer? One day we might be able to simply print the skin directly onto our bodies to cover wounds or surgery!
A FuturesForum post (titled: "Printing skin") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here: http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/FuturesForum/BlogDetails.aspx?PostID=fbfc017d-2e43-496f-9536-9042330e298d
Posted: 22 May 2015 at 08:59

Doug Vining Growing limbs

This news story about the first (rat) limb to be grown in a lab is making the headlines, but to us futurists it's just the future becoming the present. After all, we published a MindBullet on this subject back in 2004 - eleven years ago!
A FuturesForum post (titled: "Growing limbs") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here: http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/FuturesForum/BlogDetails.aspx?PostID=a925b4b0-9f2f-4166-bf2b-ee39003f9473
Posted: 5 June 2015 at 10:43

Neil Jacobsohn Transplanting organs from 'humanized' pigs into people

How do you feel about transplanting organs from pigs into humans? Pigs that have been 'humanized' by the addition of human genes to their DNA makeup?
While many of us might instinctively reject the concept, it's going to be happening soon - and perhaps we would feel differently if the person desperately needing the organ was our child, our partner or ourselves.
Read about the research being done into transgenic pigs and organ transplants. And there's work being done such as that by Dr Anthony Atala of Wakeforest University, on printing human organs with 3D printers. Medical science, like all other industries, is going through dramatic and radical changes, as humanity surfs the wave of cheap computing, Big Data and access to advanced algorithms.
And see our MindBullet alongside, from way back in 2004!
A FuturesForum post (titled: "Transplanting organs from 'humanized' pigs into people") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here: http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/FuturesForum/BlogDetails.aspx?PostID=513f1c28-d435-4025-a95f-7f958be99a8f
Posted: 12 August 2015 at 09:41

Doug Vining 3D printed kidneys

A dozen years ago, we published a MindBullet scenario about ordering replacement organs for your body. Now we're one step closer to having bio-artificial kidneys, according to this article. Which technology will win the race; growing your own replacement organs from stem cells, or 3D printing organs from synthetic materials?
A FuturesForum post (titled: "3D printed kidneys") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here: http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/FuturesForum/BlogDetails.aspx?PostID=3c42db12-6bc5-4f49-b5d0-924405a787c6
Posted: 25 January 2017 at 14:36
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