Would you be willing to use a living animal as a respirator or dialysis…

Designers Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen use both real and fictional biotechnology to explore the connection between the natural and the man-made, and invite questions about the impact of biotechnology. One of their projects, Life Support, imagines a world in which dogs and sheep take the role of life-saving medical… » 2/23/13 8:00am 2/23/13 8:00am

A Lovely Short Film About a Boy and the Robot He Can't Get Rid Of

In John Williams' Paraphernalia, Atari Withers seems to be living the eight-year-old dream. Wherever he goes, he's followed by his robot pal. But even though the robot cleans his rooms and fixes his toys, Atari resents his mechanical companion. As this short continues, however, we learn that Atari's relationship with… » 12/23/12 9:00am 12/23/12 9:00am

Sheep Dialysis Machine: Are Pets the Medical Devices of the Future?

Using animals to grow human body parts has been done, but how about using a live sheep for dialysis? The idea comes from one design student Revital Cohen. The project she's calling "Life Support" seeks to use a sheep whose genome has been spliced with a human to produce human blood. The transgenic sheep then becomes… » 7/08/08 10:09am 7/08/08 10:09am