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Weaving human body parts

I was totally delighted when this assignment for UNSW magazine Uniken landed in my inbox. It was a cover story on Professor Melissa Knothe Tate and a patent she has on a new loom she’s using to “weave” human body parts.

Although I was preoccupied with what turned out to be a very technically demanding photo shoot from what I did gather is this is an 19th century designed wooden weavers loom attached to state of the art technology. Initially using organic fibre extracted from bone to weave sleeves for burn victims and eventually looking to 3D print human organs.

Professor Melissa Knothe Tate was nothing short of fascinating company with another of her projects being google mapping the human body. I chose the photo in this blog entry as it also shows the other side of Melissa, stylish with a great sense of fun and joy for life.

I seriously felt I’d had a glimpse into the future, an exciting and compelling future with people like Professor Melissa Knothe Tate working to create it.


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