Originally Posted by Phil~
Originally Posted by Gnomepatrol
I think it is progress, and not creepy. Imagine what else they could grow like that. A nose or ears would be the most immediate items since they are just cartilage. Thing down the road if we were able to do entire appendages, organs, etc. Great time in medicine, the next decade should be really interesting and we get to experience it.
Progress for progress sake? Doing it to say we did it? Ian Malcolm warned us about this in the 90's!
It isn't simply for progresses sake, this is solving a problem that has been around for centuries. Lost appendages, limbs. organs, etc are a huge issue. We can keep you alive, but when you lose an arm or leg quality of life greatly reduces. Look at the number of maimed and wounded we have from wars, accidents, and infections. What if we could replaces those with new grown ones like this? I think it is a great thing, but is obviously going to take more time for complicated parts of the body that have more than just cartilage.
Speaking from having a friend who lost his arm in a motor vehicle accident and was going to play hockey in Uni and had a very good chance to play professionally. All gone due to his injury. Not only his hockey career, but also his chance at getting an education was gone (from a poor family and could not afford uni). I am sure he is not the only one in history to have his life altered in such a way by a misfortune.Edited by Gnomepatrol - 9/30/13 at 10:55am