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Custom Implant Organ Designer

Ever since Dr. Charles Vicanti fabricated a human ear on the back of a laboratory mouse in 1995, medical researchers have been growing organic tissue. The technology is still in its infancy, but the implications for medicine in the coming years are staggering nonetheless.

If this medical technique advances in the way many people expect it to, it is reasonable to expect that someday, replacing a malfunctioning kidney with a freshly manufactured one will be commonplace. This scenario is likely to be decades away, but it’s easy to see how it will be in high demand and create many jobs in the 21st century, particularly for people who design the newly created organs for patients.

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