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Technological know-how, rhetoric, and talking in regards to the post-human future.


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In addition, one of the patient-subjects from the bladder augmentation trial, now a young adult, was brought onstage. 88 Having heard this, having seen the model kidney matrix, and apparently lacking much scientific knowledge, a freelance reporter at the TED conference mistakenly stated on a Web-based news site that the bioprinting process had produced a functional kidney, and implied that the patientsubject had received one. This incorrect and scientifically unverifiable account was widely picked up and re-reported by other Web-based news fAith in science f 37 outlets, including several with staff writers having scientific expertise that should have been sufficient to halt the spread of incorrect information had any attempt been made to verify it.

65 Autologously derived urothelial and smooth muscle cells from pediatric patientsubjects were harvested, cultured in vitro, and then seeded into collagen alone or combination collagen–polyglycolic acid scaffolds. These segments 26 g A fter the Genome were then used for bladder augmentation, and were either covered with the patient-subject’s omentum (a large, highly vascularized sheet of adipose tissue in the abdominal cavity) or left bare. Ultimately it was shown that patient-subjects receiving the collagen–polyglycolic acid scaffold with omental coverage design had the best results.

Bioprinting techniques may prove to be a viable option for patients with both minor and major thermal injuries. Collagen fAith in science f 23 or alginate matrices would first be laid down over the wound. Autologously derived adult stem cells, initially harvested from small skin biopsies, would be cultivated in vitro to ultimately be readministered to the patient. This application would require the efficient and rapid expansion of autologous cells to decrease the time between injury and treatment, but current knowledge and methods of autologous cell culture may not be sufficient.

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