Latest By
Category:


Armor
Artificial Intelligence
Biology
Clothing
Communication
Computers
Culture
Data Storage
Displays
Engineering
Entertainment
Food
Input Devices
Lifestyle
Living Space
Manufacturing
Material
Media
Medical
Miscellaneous
Robotics
Security
Space Tech
Spacecraft
Surveillance
Transportation
Travel
Vehicle
Virtual Person
Warfare
Weapon
Work

"One could imagine a very ascetic sort of life ... where the body is ignored. This is something I've played with in my books, where people hate to be reminded sometimes that they have bodies, they find it very slow and tedious."
- William Gibson

Toothbud Transplant  
  Implanted teeth that mimic the dentition of other species.  

Feeling predacious, and you are bothered by people who look at the flat surfaces of molars and conclude that humans are basically vegetarians? Read on.

The one who showed up at the loft door with a box of diskettes from the Finn was a soft-voiced boy called Angelo. His face was a simple graft grown on collagen and shark-cartilage polysaccharides, smooth and hideous. It was one of the nastiest pieces of elective surgery Case had ever seen. When Angelo smiled, revealing the razor-sharp canines of some large animal, Case was actually relieved. Toothbud transplants. He'd seen that before.
From Neuromancer, by William Gibson.
Published by Phantasia Press in 1984
Additional resources -

Transplanting a tooth to another person is not a new idea; in fact, slaves in ancient Egypt were sometimes forced to give their teeth to their pharaohs! In case you're wondering, it didn't work very well; problems of histocompatibility rendered the technique valueless.

However, autogenous tooth transplantation (moving a tooth from one position to another in your own mouth) works quite well in a variety of cases. For example, a person with a damaged molar is examined and found to have an unerrupted molar somewhere else. The damaged tooth is removed, the unerrupted molar is transplanted to the new spot.

No one has yet transplanted a tooth bud (also called a tooth germ); this is the developing tooth, the structure from which the adult tooth develops. See the Science Fiction in the News story Tooth Bud From Stem Cells Looms Large for an update on this topic.

Case's girlfriend and bodyguard Molly had an unusual form of modification - surgically inset glasses.

Comment/Join this discussion ( 1 ) | RSS/XML | Blog This |

Additional resources:
  More Ideas and Technology from Neuromancer
  More Ideas and Technology by William Gibson
  Tech news articles related to Neuromancer
  Tech news articles related to works by William Gibson

Toothbud Transplant-related news articles:
  - Tooth Bud From Stem Cells Looms Large
  - Bioengineered Mouse Tooth Bud Successfully Implanted
  - Teeth From Stem Cells
  - Please, Please Let There Be Regenerated Teeth

Articles related to Medical
Sleeep PRO Earplug For Maximum Rest
You'll Regrow That Limb, One Day
First 3D Printed Human Corneas From Stem Cells
Nanorobots Roam Your Bloodstream, Cleaning It

Want to Contribute an Item? It's easy:
Get the name of the item, a quote, the book's name and the author's name, and Add it here.

<Previous
Next>

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

 

 

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

More News

Jaguar I-Pace Audible Vehicle Alert System For EVs
'Of course not a vehicle moved by means of internal explosions of a derivative of rock oil...'

Autonomous 'Fiberbots' Weave Large Structures
'It extrudes material like a spider.'

Birds Aren't Real - Wake Up, California! (With Bird Watching Guide)
'When he had first built them, they had been crude indeed, flying mechanisms with little more than a reflex-response unit.'

Self-Healing Material Pulls Carbon Out Of The Air
'... could seal the punctures.'

IRL Glasses Block Screens, Limit Vision To Real Life
'If you couldn't see the ads, how would you know what was fashionable?'

Testing The Single-Person Spacecraft
'...the lower part of the suit was simply a rigid cylinder.'

Shapeshifting Materials Transform By Light
'Its lines wavered, flowed, and then painfully reformed.'

Fully Automated Farm Iron Ox Hydroponics
'Had these machines in some incredible fashion been provided with brains?'

BrainNet Social Network Of Brains
'I used my implant to tell MILLIE what we wanted and she took care of it'

Phil Nuyttnn's City Under The Sea
'Under the lower roof there was no water, but a clear and luminous atmosphere...'

More SF in the News

More Beyond Technovelgy

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.