The cubicle turns 40

No blood for coffee

Roll-your-own new bones

Man, modern medicine is getting more Frankensteinian by the day — and I mean that in the good sense. Doctors in German have invented a technique that lets you grow new bone parts to be implanted in different parts of your body. Recently, they studied a man who needed a new jawbone part. They made a 3D model of the bone part, crafted it in titanium, and implanted it in his right shoulder blade.

The result? The shoulder blade interprets the titanium as part of itself and grows new bone around it. Presto: One new bone, grown by your own body. And the best part, as the doctor told the BBC:

He said implanting the cage into the patient’s muscle meant his own tissue developed around it.

“Because it was his own tissue, we don’t expect any problems of rejection.”

(Thanks to Jonathan Korman for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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