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Life and dignity with Wesley J. Smith.

Not Human: “Just a Ball of Cells”



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21 weeks

New technology allows a three-dimensional model to be made of fetal ultra sound images. From the Daily Mail story:

It’s a defining moment in a parent’s life: Seeing their unborn child’s image on an ultrasound for the first time. Now pregnant women could have the chance to hold a life-size model of their unborn baby. The startling new medical technology is the result of a Royal College of Art design student’s PhD.

Brazilian student Jorge Lopes has pioneered the conversion of data from ultrasound and MRI scans into life-size plaster models of living embryos using a method called rapid prototyping. ‘It’s amazing to see the faces of the mothers. They can see the full scale of their baby, really understand the size of it,’ said Dr Lopes. ’

Not human, “just a ball of cells.”



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