More Medical Science fiction!!
A 3D printing company called Organovo has been experimenting with
printing bits of human tissue including lung, kidney and heart muscle.
This is called bioprinting. At the moment, this tissue is useful for
research, drug development and testing and ultimately as replacement
organs for patients ( a long long way away). I present this, only to
make the point that the great creative force in scientific development
came, not from academe, but from the creative genius of the great Science
Fiction writers who were often ridiculed and from the
political fantasists whose wildest nightmare scenarios have been