Daily Illuminator

October 16, 2013: The Data Could Be Called Pain

Replicant

Scientists at Harvard have figured out how to create cybernetic flesh. That is, they can weave a lattice of transistors into living tissue, which is a stepping stone to things like heart cells that can transmit data about your heart to a computer and a smartphone app that releases adrenaline or endorphins into your system. They think they might even be able to grow entire cybernetic human organs, not for use in transplants but for testing potentially harmful drugs on without harming any people or animals. I'm telling you, it's only a matter of time before we start vat-growing replicants!

-- Brian Engard

 


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