The World Is Amazed by the First Organic Modular Body

Andrei Tapalaga
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The world has witnessed many bizarre things, but seeing a biological body devoid of life become functional with the help of technology is a totally new tale. OSCAR, a living being formed from human cells, was born. Cornelis Vlasman is the protagonist, a talented biologist who believes that the path less trodden is, by definition, the least interesting. He creates his own laboratory with a few like-minded people, where he experiments with organic materials on his own initiative, with his own resources, and with his own crew.

After many years of hard labor, Vlasman's team is successful in creating new life from cells collected from his own body. Under his guidance, OSCAR, the world's first living organism, is being built. OSCAR is a human-sized prototype built with interactive organ modules created from human cells.

In a modular system, independent modules, similar to building blocks, constitute a transformable and thus changeable arrangement.

The monster created by OSCAR Vlasman demonstrates the possibilities of building modular life. Stem cells may be reprogrammed, cultivated, and printed into any type of human tissue. The line between humans and technology is becoming increasingly blurred. The Modular body is composed of various segments or modules such as:

  • Brain Module (Fully Electric)
  • Lung Module
  • Heart Module
  • Kidney Module
  • Limb Module

The OSCAR prototype opens up new possibilities for the human body, such as replacing or updating worn-out organs in a 'clickable' system. Take Lego as an example.

Much biotechnology research is now being conducted using printed organs, regenerated tissue, and synthetic blood. Organovo, a leading biotech company, expects to print a working liver by 2014. It is not (or has not yet been) viable to consider the entire human body as a potentially modular system, until now.

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