The co-author of the book Super Cells: Building with Biology, and the CEO of EpiBone, Nina Tandon says that every single cell in our body has some voltage across it, and the mitochondria convert the energy ten thousand times more efficiently and better than the sun. She further explained that the bone cells continue to break down and then repair themselves.
With the help of EpiBone, Tandon is working on how these fascinating properties of the cells can be manipulated.
She said that fat tissues are taken, and then stem cells are extracted out to engineer bone grafts from our very own cells. She said that this process takes about three weeks, and the size and shape of the bone graft can easily be altered. Furthermore, there is no risk of rejection from the body as the cells were taken from itself.
Tandon said that in the 20th century, the scientists started viewing the human body as an assemblage, that is, a collection of parts that are replaceable, for example with donor organs. However, now, they have started to go into further depth and are observing the body as more of a collection of cells and a vast renewable resource.
She said that this innovative way of thinking is not just limited to the medical field, rather it has stimulated a very rich movement of culture, as the bio-artists are now experimenting with the potential of creativity that is contained at a cellular level.
Tandon mentioned a fashion designer from Britain, Suzanne Lee who is growing textiles using bacteria, and also a researcher from Stanford, Ingmar Riedel-Kruse who would film the cellular organisms’ action and then incorporate them into his video games. Tandon said that she found it very exciting to think that the first revolution in Industry was about medicines, the second about data, and now the third could possibly be regarding life itself.