Bio-engineered Football

Marco van Beers
July 16th 2012

With the knowledge that footballs were once made of pig's bladder and that in 2006 the first artificial bladder was transplanted into a patient, artist John O’Shea designed the first bio-engineered football made of lab grown pig's bladder.

He harvested animal cells from abattoir waste, used rapid prototyping and very precise tissue engineering to create a modern version of the medieval football.

O'Shea hopes his ‘super-football,’ will encourage audiences to consider the importance science plays in our daily lives. Pig’s Bladder Football will be presented at the Abandon Normal Devices festival between 30 August – 7 September.

Via DesignWeek

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Alejandro Kondraasky
Posted 16/07/2012 – 23:16

Nothing like nostalgia with a little bit of high tech. Not fan of football really but i really like biotech application, the fun part will be if your dog ended up eating it :P.

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