Woah! 3D printed synthetic cells?

What could possibly go wrong?RHBladerunner

I jest. These cells are not truly alive. Well at least for now.

Oxford University scientists have constructed their own 3D printer which is capable of creating a protein sack of water that can take on different shapes and perform functions similar to those performed by human cells. The protein sacks were then arranged to form a network of human-like cells that could then act as nerves and transmit electrical pulses.

Artificial nerve cells. Think about that for a second. The possibility of creating only nerve cells alone could allow people to have neurological issues cured with nerve structures made to order and then grafted in place. While these cells cannot reproduce they are a viable microscopic prosthetic for fixing the critical but tiny breaks in the human nervous system.

Read the Venturebeat.com article here.

When they get the cells to reproduce however, the whole story may change and we might find that the Bladerunner scenario is not too far off.