THREE-D PRINTING SCRAPBOOK: NOW THEY’VE MADE A HEART

THREE-D PRINTING SCRAPBOOK: NOW THEY’VE MADE A HEART

It has been quite a while since we've had a story to cover in the world of additive manufacturing, or "3d printing," but this one, while not making banner headlines and dropping right off the radar, is one of those milestones that raises all sorts of questions. The story was spotted and passed along by V.T., to whom a big thank you for spotting it, otherwise, this important development might have gone unnoticed. It's the sort of thing one would expect the lamestream corporate media would at least mention, but no.

Indeed, the last time we spent some time in a blog on additive manufacturing, we noted the process was being used to print "meat", giving a whole new meaning to that phrase "mystery meat" we used to all use in our school cafeterias on the days we have "chicken fried steak", which little resembles chicken, or steak, or anything else recognizable. With three-d printing, the phrase has taken on a whole new meaning.

But now, researchers in Israel have managed to 3d print a human heart, a more or less functioning one:

Tel Aviv University Researchers Have Successfully 3D Printed A Human Heart

One of the more recent and astonishing medical discoveries is an engineered heart that completely matches the immunological, cellular, biochemical and anatomical properties of a patient. This is a major medical breakthrough, and it comes from researchers at Tel Aviv University.

They were able to “print” the world’s first 3D vascularized engineered heart using the patients own cells and biological materials. Their findings were published a couple of weeks ago in Advanced Science.

Never before has a full organ been printed with complete success and been able to be put to use. In regenerative medicine, scientists have only been successful in printing simple tissues without blood vessels.

“This is the first time anyone anywhere has successfully engineered and printed an entire heart replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers,” says Prof. Tal Dvir of TAU’s School of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Sagol Center for Regenerative Biotechnology, who led the research for the study. (source)

This has tremendous potential, and just imagine if this type of technology was made available to everybody with heart disease! It’s the leading cause of death among both men and women in the United States, and heart transplantation is one of the only solutions available. This type of technology could literally provide a new heart without the risks and difficulties associated with a full heart transplant.

I have to confess that this development does give me some joy, and for several reasons, not the least of which are mentioned in the citation above, for the development has the promise of revolutionizing the procedures of medical transplants, for no longer would one run the risks of organ rejection that occur in current practice. And, I have to confess, the other part of my happiness is the contemplation of the happy thought that this might end the barbaric practice of organ harvesting and trafficking.

But there my happiness ends and the discomforting questions begin. One obvious implication of these developments is that almost any organ - liver, spleen, pancreas and so on - might eventually be "printable", raising the prospect that as one organ wears out, another could be printed to replace it. Inevitably, this raises the prospect of a kind of longevity the likes of which humanity has not experienced nor seen since the days of ancient texts with their incredibly long life-spans. Such techniques, if developed, would remake most of our cultural institutions in ways we can scarcely imagine. These techniques might lead to contributions to cloning and other Frankensteinian possibilities.

One of those possibilities in particular gives me great pause, for if it eventually becomes possible to "3d print" organs, as this article suggests, then what about the brain? Might such a technology actually and eventually  be used to reveal aspects about the structure of the human brain, aspects which perhaps could unravel secrets about computing, even of quantum computing? Or worse, might such a technology be used to envision the ultimate "organ transplant"?  If so, what effects might it have on behavior and personality? Couple this to nano technologies and genetic engineering and...

... well, you get the idea...

...and "the idea" may not be as bright and shiny as it's being made out to be.

See you on the flip side...

 

41 thoughts on “THREE-D PRINTING SCRAPBOOK: NOW THEY’VE MADE A HEART”

  1. Doc, odd thing I just noticed. The second to last post on tidbits corona virus storied didn’t show on the main website’s list of posts. Are we hitting some AI nerves?

  2. Andrew P. Carroll

    Back in early 2014 I toured a 3D printing medical lab at a major midwestern research institution.

    They had 3D printed a heart using extracellular matrix scaffolding and injected pluripotent stem cells and implanted the thing in a baby lamb. Early prototype, may have been their first in-vivo transplant attempt.

    The lamb didn’t look like he was doing so hot.

  3. If there is fiendish end our masters can put this technology to trust me they are already drawing up the plans to do so. By the way chicken little anyone.

  4. recalls the 70’s tv cartoon, Milton the Monster song
    “On top of old horror hill in a secret laboratory,
    Professor Weirdo and Count Kook were in their monstrous glory.
    Six drops of the essence of terror, Five drops of sinister sauce,
    When the stirring’s done may I lick the spoon?
    Of course ha ha of course.
    Now for the tincture of tenderness, But I must use only a touch,
    For without a touch of tenderness, He might destroy me!
    (Professor Weirdo, bumped) Whoops too much.
    (Prof) “Better hold your breath it’s starting to tick:
    (Count Kook) Better hold my hand I’m feeling sick –
    (Milton) Hello Dad!
    (Prof) What have I done?
    (M.) I’m Milton, Your brand new son!”
    or the Andrew Sisters, “Give me some skin”
    or just another golem.
    how about on site additive manufacturing? laproscopic in vivo organ printing?
    hearts of gold for golden calf dancers. fake semi-ites.

  5. And so the “Frankenstein Era” Begins. Even if this promising technology could work, humans have shown far too often that there are too many in the population who are incapable of managing the responsibility that goes along with this advancement – e.g. we are now a world run by Lockeed-Morgan Chase, funded by slave tax payers with governments increasingly violating human rights, and engaging in horrific economies such as Human and Organ Trafficking. God only knows – and I mean that literally – what experiments China has going in Labs as we speak with Human/Animal/Robot Hybrids. Once one of these powers creates the controllable species they envision to serve them, the corona virus will be a distant memory and Omega Man (Charlton Heston Version) is realized.

  6. Color me skeptical on this one. I get the hype related to potential, but I don’t think this tech is anywhere nearly advanced enough to tackle the uses for which it is advertised. I smell a slick marketing campaign designed to funnel millions of dollars in currency into this organization on a proof of concept in non-biological materials. This is a slick advertisement for funding, whereas the technology, once achieved, would be best used to 3D print a fake alien threat in order to achieve a global result. After all, we cannot roll this tech out for the advertised purposes until all other “global objectives” are achieved. Having said this I don’t necessarily disagree with many of the posted comments as fertile ground for discussion or speculation–but it’s the article itself that prompts my response. This type of article, though informative about where they would like to take the technology, looks like the modern equivalent of the 19th century snake-oil salesman. The cited university wants funding.

    1. Robert Barricklow

      Yep
      There’s something off here;
      like the GMO substantial equivalent.

      All these lab-coat salesmen stepped right out
      from under their snake oil history portals…

    2. Thank you OC. That it what I mean when I ask questions like where do you think they are going with this. Most of what brings me here is the willingness and need to consider and prioritize for plausibility any and all imaginable possibilities.

      The deception and blinders imposed by most other media speaks volumes about their intent. Ends do not justify means. Means indicate the most likely ends. Goals determine strategy determine tactics. Tactics indicate strategy indicate goals.

      1. “Most of what brings me here is the willingness and need to consider and prioritize for plausibility any and all imaginable possibilities.”

        Yep, and thanks to all. Give us the raw data and possibilities, and let us roll them around in our minds & intuition. Resistance is Not futile…

  7. Altered Carbon – Netflix Original TV Series

    Human consciousness is stored in a metal disk between the brain and neck. The elite are able to live forever in dna replicated clones of their “original bodies” called “sleeves” while everyone else can be spun up after they die and contracted out to perform services for the elite. Middle class people in this world can pay to have their lost loved one spun up in a cheap sleeve that is usually the opposite gender and an old worn out body. The sleeves come with the addictions and afflictions of their previous owner.

    1. Robert Barricklow

      Read Richard K Morgan’s latest in this altered carbon series, “Into Thin Air”, which continues the sleeves ad infinitum nauseum; but, it was damn good page turner, and had some great twist & turns, plus new-century lingo.

      1. Jd salinger wrote page turners too. Never understood that till i heard joe atwell take him apart.

        1. Robert Barricklow

          ZDB
          What’s in these space operas, and fictionalized tranhumanists accounts of robots, & cyborgs brought to life[on the page]?
          Romance.
          But that’s not going to be the future reality by any stretch of the imagination. It just makes a great human story.
          Where’s the story leading?
          Wherever, or whatever it leads to in the future… isn’t human.

          1. RB, there is another, less-publicized “future reality.” That is of humans graduating into various grades of enlightened, illumined (not Illuminati), or even ascended beings. Many older accounts of human history mention these beings. It is only in the present that tales of these beings are discounted or minimized, for obvious TPTB reasons. So take heart; the story may end-up being much happier…

          2. Robert Barricklow

            Goshawks
            Your absolutely right in the best sense. Unfortunately, as you allude to; TBTB are purposely scrubbing as much of that ancestry – a “human”, that is closer to humanity’s potential, and therefore, an enemy to cut-down-to-size by any means necessary.
            It seems that mission is still in process. Because?
            Because, we’re still human, and can be what we once were.
            Thus, storylines along those parameters are far & few between. They go against the grain, the grain imposed on mankind, by power itself.
            This does; however, come across in the fantasy genre. Thus, it’s becoming more popular and even bleeding into hard sci-fi.

            Down deep, mankind knows.

            That, “they” can’t abide, nor accept.

  8. Don’t know about the rest of you, but there is more to me than a “bag of mostly water”. I see no reason to extend my attachment to a temporary shell via these technological advancements once it wears out. What’s the point, you can’t take any of what you accrue in this plane with you when you move on. This just proves their fear of the unknown in their desperation to hang onto it.

  9. Alright. Here we go. Anyone buying this?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=x3pHXfwCbi8
    Who Is Q? (Pt. 2)
    Austin Steinbart
    [QPROOF] Adtran Router Configuration Script – Luke Air Force Base :

    Guy says he’s Q and crazy wealthy and coming out about DIA super computing powers. Is this where a number of ops over last 150 years come out and combine? Bluebeam? MK Ultra? Paperclip? and on?

      1. Reminds me of John Perkins (Economic Hitman), only these claims are a tad bit or exponentially larger. He has a skill for stating the obvious and bringing his own narrative to bear in these non-officially accepted commonly believed narratives.

        1. Amazing how bold this kid is. The most interesting aspect is how he clearly is not fearing for his life or career. The second most interesting aspect is the level of detail he’s putting together of items we look at here from a much higher altitude with less detail. The third most interesting aspect is his odd linguistics. This kid seems to believe the vast majority of what he’s saying – if not all.

  10. Robert Barricklow

    Before even reading, the frame is one of transhumanism: they want to write a new genome script for man from scratch; have a closet for you of 3D print spare parts, complete w/an AI robot surgeon, w/all the appropriate up-to-date & just-in-time aps to install – right next door, in your adjacent 20th-Worst Century medical room.

    Good lead-in w/”meat”. Because, to “them” humans are meat.
    And if you don’t like the menu’s “Slime-of-The-Day”; there’s always the meal pills, for those on the go.

    And just how many hearts did David Rockefeller go through? Hopefully, must were taken from the already departed. But it does give one pause to think: do the high & mighty now have to choose between 3D vs fresh-from-the-body, via just-in-time delivery, body parts?
    Tough choices! Thank God for no conscious?

    The plus side? Well, those black market organs are still going exponential in demand. The high price tag can only keep the commoners at bay for so long.

    Then, you have those AI “AlphaFolds” w/qubit computing that give these proud cold heart elitist owners, customized medicines.
    Good to know, the good will still die young;
    but evil? Well, that’s really, when you think about it; a rich question.

    Actually; a printed brain for these rich Borgs, might be an improvement. I mean, the computer has basically consumed them in body, mind & spirit; hasn’t it?

  11. It is an increasingly odd point that this has been so quietly published. I seem to remember that first organ transplant successes were trumpetted.

  12. Wonder what this means on a few ideas.

    Remember people getting new memories, tastes and cravings associated with the organ donor’s experience? So there is much more to the heart than pump or siphon.

    1. What about all those victims of trafficking? Will people like Epstien’s customers get kindhearted with thier transplant and govern the planet in good ways?

    2. Then there is the skynet idea. Is this a daay closer to self replicating immortal robotic AI?

    3. Does this mean even people like Dick Cheney can have an actual heart? Case in point. Does anyone here think of his conscience as redeemable?

    4. Oops

      ur comment is awaiting moderation.

      Does this mean even people like D. ic. k Cheney can have an actual heart? Case in point. Does anyone here think of his conscience as redeemable?

  13. anakephalaiosis

    Fake Norwegians harvest their neighbors, for spare parts, and seek cover story, for damage control and deniability.

    Fake Norwegian alchemists make laboratory gold, that they deny having come by, by other means, as alibi for thievery.

    Fake Norwegians play along with a Nordic treaty, that they systematically misuse, and seek American absolution, sitting on Uncle Sam’s lap with a candy bar.

    Transatlantic Masonic handshake is Glücksburg-Rottenchild affiliation.

    1. anakephalaiosis

      Between the Nordic countries, there was a “peace plan” – a 1962 treaty – but it was fake, like a golf course in Gaza.

      Endeavor to retrieve the Druidic Runes, is a consequence of having a fake treaty. It is the last resort.

      Beyond that, there is rule of no rule, with any man for himself, and women and children as easy targets.

      The original social contract, defining cyningas:

      https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/pnz9jpb73u1gfla/druidry-for-dummies.pdf

  14. Cited article: “…using the patient’s own cells and biological materials…” and “…successfully engineered and printed an entire heart replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers.”

    This is quite an astonishing accomplishment. It means that they are getting down to the detail level in (let’s call it) bio-engineering. So now, we get to the Robert O. Becker ‘level’ of body electromagnetic compatibility. When a salamander regrows a severed tail or limb, it grows within a body-level electromagnetic field. This both guides the growth and is ’embedded’ into the biological structure itself. How will a body accept/reject an organ with a (to it) foreign or random electromagnetic field?

    Beyond this, there is the ‘spiritual’ aspect. In the Hindu metaphysical system, the human body has a system of Chakras (energy centers) mediating between the Soul and the physical body. How will a Chakra respond to something new being slapped in, even if it is of that body’s own “cells and biological materials”? What would that look like on some etheric plane?

    On a more earthly level, I would fear that this ‘process’ would be reserved or monetarily-feasible for the 0.001%-ers. Given that most 0.001%-ers likely got that way by being sociopaths (and/or psychopaths), this would give the oligarchic class vastly-extended lifetimes. In turn, this might twist our Earth further toward the Harkonnen homeworld (nobles and serfs) of the Dune novels…

    1. Good points. Keep in mind stwm cell advances must have wnabled this. I think the first regrown tooth was implanted and regrown in a mouse in UK in 2005. My father sold, delivered and helped install the first generation of pacemakwrs in the 60’s. Watching the medical device market from this perspective and later as an investor makes for odd expectations. Consider the pace of advancenent of tech’s and compare . How have pacemakers improved and modified? Seen an implantable device to replace CPAP’s yet? I saw one last week. What about hernia tepair surgery? The robotslics and polypropylene mesh “advances” there only made it cheaper faster and easier. Not better at all.

      1. Zen, 10 years ago I got alloderm in my hernia surgery. I had mesh at first which didn’t work because the surgeon didn’t use a big enough piece. I weighed 130 pounds at the time. My hernia was an incisional hernia, my surgeon didn’t sew my facia up correctly. Alloderm is from Cadavers and I’m very happy to have it over mesh.

        1. Nice. Better than polypropylene.

          Kevin Petersen is the man.
          noinsurancesurgery.com

          sounds sketchy till you do the due diligence.

    2. Goshawks, consider the boost or jolt of energy that people got when they received young blood. There’s some kind of “energy” in the mix. Or adrenochrome is what?

  15. There are always multiple aspects to these developments that are perilously close to a materialistic sort of transhumanism – Frankenstein-like in that it seems to be mechanistic in nature, replacing a piece here and a piece there as in a car. On the other hand, the Elixir of alchemical lore in various traditions is associated with a total “regeneration” of the body. The same lore is full of stories about failed attempts. Have there been successful attempts? If so, they have remained prudently silent.

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