Over the course of human existence there have been many pivotal inventions that change the way humans live. These life changing inventions comprise of the wheel, compass, printing press, combustion engine, light bulb, telephone, penicillin, internet, etc. and many more to come. The next invention that has the potential to be added to that list is 3D printing. 3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, is the process of making a three-dimensional object by successive layers of various materials laid down under computer control. Throughout 3D printing’s years of operation and alteration, it has become quite an innovative machine. Today 3D printers can print many things such as toys, tools, prosthetics, food, instruments, and molds. Recently scientists, engineers, and doctors integrated the 3D printer to be capable of printing organs, tissue, cartilage, body aiding contraptions, etc. 3D printing with its versatility and revolutionary effect on the medical field will undoubtedly earn its spot in the worlds most important inventions.
The method of printing organs and bodily tissues, derived from 3D printing, is called bioprinting. bioprinting is a computer-aided bioadditive manufacturing process that deposits living cells together with hydrogel-base scaffolds for 3D tissue and organ fabrication. Although the organs printed from bioprinters are far from actually being transplanted into patients, the invention has come a long way. Bioprinting is just a toe deep in its development, but has already made major breakthroughs with functional organs, tissues and contraptions.
If you take a second to notice many of your friends, family or acquaintances that have ever suffered from an illness or even have passed away, you will come to your attention that it was probably because of a failing organ. Luckily the organ transplant system was created or the number of fatalities would be even higher. But the system is not flawless; patients have to undergo immunosuppressive therapies, which can lower the recipients’ quality of life. Matter of fact the number of organ donors is significantly lower than the number of patients that are in need of an organ transplant. 120,000 patients are waiting for transplants and about some 18 people pass away each day waiting in vain for an organ transplant. Bioprinting might just be the solution for the shortage of organs and the countless number of other illnesses or injuries because in the process of Bioprinting they use your own cells or cells that were grown the be identical to yours so that your body does not reject them. The idea seems far fetch but future ramifications are already being thought up.
You will notice many articles listed out there that state the success stories, future implications, ethical issues, obstacles it will encounter, and possible problems this technology could give rise to. But most of them do not state that the successes are not out weighing the possible problems this technology could cause. They also do not address, solutions to those problems, or the fact that it will change the meaning of life, as we know it.
In addition, if bioprinting does not show any signs of slowing down or halting at a certain goal. Research will continue to drive onward; it won’t just stop at fully functioning organs. Effects toward the future are detrimental and if bioprinting really works, we may draw that much closer to reinventing the very definition of life itself and testing the sustainability limits of our planet. Bioprinting must have serious regulations set upon it or research must come to a complete stop.
I claim that bioprinting will negatively alter life, as we know it
Because it will cause too many moral concerns on top of the many doctors already have to deal with on a daily basis.
Because bioprinting gives rise to too many ethical problems in the future such as the use of stem cells in their research, mixing cells with animal cells, etc.
Because bioprinting will change the meaning of healthcare, insurance, and liability.
Because the social concerns will change the way life goes one from here on out, this technology likes others could soon be abused, etc.
Because before biopriniting continues there are many regulations it must comply with, the major one being the code of ethics by the Biomedical Engineering Society.