What intrigued me about “Stiff” by Mary Roach and “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot is the point at which patients cease to be seen as people and start to be seen as objects.
This brought me smack bang into the world of biojewellery and bioart. For example, the approach used in the project by Tobie Kerridge is interesting. By using bioglass and a special bioactive ceramic which mimics the structure of bone material, researchers are growing rings made out of the donators’ bone cells (see the picture above).
People are using these as wedding and engagement rings.
Is this something you would be comfortable with? If not, why not? I’d love to hear from you!