Wired News has an article about so-called 'organ printing', where they use what is effectively a printer and a sheet of gel to print sheets of cells to make new organs. This, needless to say, rocks. The best part about it, this:
Prestwich guessed initial human organ printing may be five or 10 years away.

Not a decade or more, not twenty to thirty years, 5 to 10 years. The fact that people are using such short timeframes for incredibly cool and useful technology as this is just mind-boggling.

I'm in the middle of The Singularity Is Near, a book by Ray Kurzweil, one of the most technologically optimistic people on Earth, and some of this timeframes seem a little too optimistic sometimes but wow, things like this really just show how close this stuff is. Biotech is going to be for the next 20 years how the computer industry has been for the last 20. And the cool thing is, the computer industry is also going to be the computer industry of the next 20 years. It's a good time to be alive.

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