Friday, November 03, 2006

Biojewellery: With This Bone I Thee Wed ...

Given my ongoing obsession with human tissues, here's a new development I can't help posting about: Through a company in the UK, it's now possible to get "biojewellery" -- a personalized wedding band made from the cultured bone cells of your future spouse.

From their website: "The project is seeking couples who want to donate their bone cells - a couple having their wisdom teeth removed would be ideal. Their cells will be prepared and seeded onto a bioactive scaffold [which eventually] disappears and is replaced by living bone tissue." This produces a bone ring, like the one pictured above. They then take the ring to an art studio at the Royal College of Art, where they combine the bone with "traditional precious metals" and shaped into a wedding band that can be "personalized and shaped."

Donors have their wisdom teeth removed in an hour-long surgery so bone cells can be extracted from their jawbones (!). And people are lining up to do it: The company recently selected four couples out of hundreds of applicants wanting to be part of an upcoming art exhibit, which will display couples' bone rings, their stories and photos.

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Blogger Lisa Guidarini said...

Herm... Well, I can't say that's not an interesting concept. It's right up there with having your ashes made into a diamond (insert crack about flaws, cut, clarity, and total carat weight here). Between body tissue and diamonds, though, I think I'll take the diamonds!

P.S.: Let it be noted, my favorite cut is the princess...

1:16 PM  
Blogger Rebecca Skloot said...

Hah ... great comment, Lisa!

12:52 PM  

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