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  • Need a Spare Human Organ? Print It! [#geekgirl]

    Need a Spare Human Organ? Print It!

    Need a Spare Human Organ? Print It!

    Researchers at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) are working on developing human organs by building body cells layer by layer using a 3D printer.

    The team has used the 3D printer to make body cells, including muscle cells, nervous systems cells and cartilage. Professor Mark Cook, director of neurosciences at St Vincent’s Hospital, said 3D body part printing was like ‘bubble jet printers’.

    “Instead of putting in ink for printing, you can put in these new materials which will grow tissues successfully,” he said.

    ACES director Professor Gordon Wallace said he believed it would be possible to manufacture living tissues like human skin, cartilage, arteries and heart valves which could be used in transplants and other operations within five years. By 2025, scientists could fabricate complete functional organs, tailored for an individual patient.”


  • SCANZ 2013 3rd Nature Symposium :: #NewZealand #environment #intercreate13 #geekgirl

    SCANZ 2013 3rd Nature Symposium / 1 – 3 February 2013 ::

     “After Eden” an installation by Janet Laurence.

    “After Eden” an installation by Janet Laurence.

    New Plymouth Nga Motu and Waitara, New Zealand SCANZ is a biennial event that includes a hui-symposium, a two week group residency and an exhibition. Intercreate Trust and event partner Te Matahiapo Indigenous Research Centre (TMIRC) are organising the symposium, which will propose that the solution to sustainability requires listening to the indigenous voice on the environment. Sessions of the symposium include: Matauranga Maori, Science and Art; Environment; Society; Indigenous Cultures; Data, Art and Ecology; and Futures. Views expressed include those from a Social Work perspective on environment, barriers to sustainability, working with remote communities, the body and the environment, art and data, biotechnology, little blue penguins and ‘Martian diaspora’ – among many others.

  • #TRANSBIOTICS. Temporal stability points

    “Deep Data” Andy Gracie

    XII International Festival for New Media Culture
    in collaboration with „Textures” – the 6th European meeting of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts

    Riga, June 14 – 20, 2010

    This year the Festival for New Media Culture „Art+Communication” will focus on the emerging biotechnologies as means for artistic expression as well as challenge to the constantly changing materiality in arts. Festival programme with its title “TRANSBIOTICS. Temporal Stability Points” will take place in collaboration with a large scale academic research event – „Textures” – the 6th European meeting of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts which is devoted to exploring materials, structures, surfaces and interfaces transformed by the networked media.

    The main event of the festival is the biotechnology art exhibition “TRANSBIOTICS” which will be held June 15 – 20 inkim? Galleries at Spikeri. Although using technologies and scientific discoveries in art is not a novelty, using “live matter” in creating artworks can be considered as an unusual practice. The exhibition will feature a collection of international biotechnology artworks which will be made available to Latvia’s audiences for the first time.

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