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3D Printing of Human Tissue to Spark Ethics Debate

Lucas123 (935744) writes | about 9 months ago

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Lucas123 (935744) writes "In a report released today, Gartner predicts that the time is drawing near when 3D-bioprinted human organs will be readily available, an advance almost certain to spark a complex debate involving a variety of political, moral and financial interests. For example, some researchers are using cells from human and non-human organs to create stronger tissue, said Pete Basiliere, a Gartner research director. "In this example, there was human amniotic fluid, canine smooth muscle cells, and bovine cells all being used. Some may feel those constructs are of concern," he said. While regulations in the U.S. and Europe will mean human trials of 3D printed organs will likely take up to a decade, nations with less stringent standards will plow ahead with the technology. For example, last August, the Hangzhou Dianzi University in China announced it had invented the biomaterial 3D printer Regenovo, which printed a small working kidney that lasted four months. Apart from printing tissue, 3D printing may also threaten intellectual property rights. "IP will be ignored and it will be impossible or impractical to enforce. Everything will change when you can make anything." said John Hornick, an IP attorney with Finnegan, Henderson, Farbow, Garrett & Dunner LLP in New York."
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And this is bad how? (1)

gekken (3517871) | about 9 months ago | (#46102801)

"IP will be ignored and it will be impossible or impractical to enforce. Everything will change when you can make anything." said John Hornick, an IP attorney with Finnegan, Henderson, Farbow, Garrett & Dunner LLP in New York."

OK, call me stupid, but I still don't understand IP law in any way. Sure, you create something, let's call it the "Wamblinator" ('Guaranteed to stop your shoes from wambling, or your money back!'), I should not be able to manufacture a thing called a "Wamblinator" that stops...shoes...wambling. (this example is getting silly), but I should be able to compete against you and make an anti-wambling device that acts similarly.

I also understand copyright, as it pertains to I can't steal your movie/book/album and show it for profit (or at all, really. silly, but understandable)

But the ability for a company to say "I perform this act...you cannot, or else SURPRISE! LAWYERS!" do NOT get it.

Anyone care to explain?

Re:And this is bad how? (1)

Lucas123 (935744) | about 9 months ago | (#46103609)

Currently, you can download .stl (stereolithography) files from various sites that contain the computer-aided designs for many retail products. For example, you'll find on one popular site called "thingiverse" and download Lego designs and print them out. Then, you could go sell them to people. Also, there are many varieties of 3D scanning technology that allows you to literally scan an object into your computer, convert that into an .stl file, and then go print it. So, basically, 3D printers allow you to build your own manufacturing facility, albeit 3D printing is exceedingly slow compared to mold injection manufacturing. Hope that helps.
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