issue engineering is an interdisciplinary field that applies the principles of engineering & the life sciences towards the development of biological substitutes that restore, maintain or improve tissue function. It is also seen as a way to develop non-medical tissue constructs for in vitro meat and leather production, as well as for engineering and military uses. Longer lifespan, lower health care costs, less morbidity, and overcoming ethical issues associated with treatments such as organ transplantation will be what tissue engineering promises to achieve. Tissue engineering has also pushed to public attention the role of biosciences and bioengineering in developing our high-tech society. Issues that have been raised have included (1) the ethics of stem cells and their use, (2) organ transplantation and donation, and (3) the changing identity and extent of intervention and manipulation of the human and animal body in the 21 st  Century. Science communication and biological art has been utilized to explore these issues. By blending techniques in bioengineering and artistic disciplines, we are developing new creative methods for tissue engineering research, and promoting public discussions on the impact of bioscience on society. This has been achieved through public installations of biological artworks, research collaborations, and public awareness initiatives.

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The impact of tissue engineering on the high-tech society

Henry Ko   Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

Oron Catts   SymbioticA, School of Anatomy & Human biology, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Clive McFarland   Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

issue engineering is an interdisciplinary field that applies the principles of engineering & the life sciences towards the development of biological substitutes that restore, maintain or improve tissue function. It is also seen as a way to develop non-medical tissue constructs for in vitro meat and leather production, as well as for engineering and military uses. Longer lifespan, lower health care costs, less morbidity, and overcoming ethical issues associated with treatments such as organ transplantation will be what tissue engineering promises to achieve. Tissue engineering has also pushed to public attention the role of biosciences and bioengineering in developing our high-tech society. Issues that have been raised have included (1) the ethics of stem cells and their use, (2) organ transplantation and donation, and (3) the changing identity and extent of intervention and manipulation of the human and animal body in the 21 st  Century. Science communication and biological art has been utilized to explore these issues. By blending techniques in bioengineering and artistic disciplines, we are developing new creative methods for tissue engineering research, and promoting public discussions on the impact of bioscience on society. This has been achieved through public installations of biological artworks, research collaborations, and public awareness initiatives.

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