Fragments by Lorenzo Nanni (2001)
Lorenzo Nanni is a textile artist living and working in Paris. His handmade fiber sculptures are inspired by organic matter and living forms. He reinterprets images of botany and anatomy through traditional embroidery and haute couture techniques, using natural materials and minerals.
Interesting. Though it is in the early stages of development, this is part of the idea of growing organs. A real organ, say a cadaver heart, is washed in a detergent (probably NOT Dawn) which removes all the somatic cells. What is left is a fabric of supportive tissue in the shape of a heart. A patient’s (stem) cells can be seeded and with a little help will start growing cardiac tissue on the supportive tissue. This has been accomplished for small pieces of comparatively simple tissue (like bladder). The trick with thick heart tissue is to achieve good vascularization throughout the new growth.
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What happens when you ask a synthetic biologist to mix you up a cocktail? You learn how to isolate strawberry DNA. (The sticky stuff on the toothpick up there.)
Wanna know how to make a strawberry DNA cocktail yourself? We’ve got you covered.
In this animated how-to video, TED Fellow / synthetic biologist Oliver Medvedik shows you how to use pineapple juice and Bacardi 151 to isolate strawberry DNA for a very nerdy adult beverage. Watch the whole thing here»
A biology lesson and a cocktail recipe in one? You’re welcome. Drink responsibly and read more about the video here.
"Anatomy of a Female Orgasm" collage art by bedelgeuse. Created for the 30th annual exotic art show.
"Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another." - Carl Sagan, Cosmos
Read more of How Carl Sagan Worked in honor of what would’ve been his 79th birthday today.
Jessica Lloyd-Jones - Anatomical Neon, 2010
Blown glass human organs encapsulate inert gases displaying different colours under the influence of an electric current. The human anatomy is a complex, biological system in which energy plays a vital role. Brain Wave conveys neurological processing activity as a kinetic and sensory, physical phenomena through its display of moving electric plasma. Optic Nerve shows a similar effect, more akin to the blood vessels of the eye and with a front ‘lens’ magnifiying the movement and the intensity of light. Heart is a representation of the human heart illuminated by still red neon gas. Electric Lungs is a more technically intricate structure with xenon gas spreading through its passage ways, communicating our human unawareness of the trace gases we inhale in our breathable atmosphere.
ALLEGORICAL SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATION
SYNAPSES & NEUROTRANSMITTERS
- The cages are pre-synaptic vesicles,
- freeing the bird-neurotransmitters, which,
- when they position themselves on the branches - receptors,
activate the trees which then
- make their roots transfer more messages into the neuron’s body.