Doll Fabbed From Living Cells

A tiny doll made of living cells was fabricated by researchers at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Industrial Science. The intent was to demonstrate the possibility of making three-dimensional biological structures, like human organs.

(Doll made of living cells)

According to an announcement made on January 22, the researchers created the tiny figurine by cultivating 100,000 cell capsules — 0.1-millimeter balls of collagen, each coated with dozens of skin cells — together inside a doll-shaped mold for one day. After the cell capsules had coalesced to form the doll-shaped mass of tissue, it was placed in a culture solution, where it reportedly survived for more than a day.

“The overall shape can be controlled by changing the mold,” said Takeuchi, who expressed a desire to combine multiple types of cells to create a complex system that functions as a living organism.

This seems like just the sort of android 'blank' that you would need to create duplicates of your favorites - like Captain Kirk in the Star Trek episode What Little Girls Are Made Of.

(An android blank from Star Trek)

Take a look at the transfer table that synchronizes the physical, mental and emotional characteristics of a person with that of an android 'blank.'

Fans of the 2000 movie 6th Day can take a look at a couple of typical clone blanks (thanks, AJ). Also, fans of David Brin's 2002 novel Kiln People might be thinking about investing in some ditto blanks.

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