The 3-D Printing Revolution; DNA test kit reveals Alzheimer’s risk; 2 women give birth using mother’s womb

This perfectly customised arm cast was produced using a three-dimensional printer [Credit: http://www.3ders.org]

The 3D printing revolution is here, with printers using wood, plastic, metal, concrete and even living tissue to make things as diverse as engine parts, replica guns or bionic ears.

Ireland is well placed to be at the forefront of this high-tech manufacturing technology.

The personal genomics industry is exploding. This is the business where DNA kits are sold, over the counter, or online, which use saliva samples to provide reports of risk of Alzheimer’s disease, hereditary cancers and more.

Two British women have given birth – last month – to baby boys with the help of wombs donated from their mothers. This world first took place in Sweden and plans are being made to make the procedure available in other countries.

Click below to hear the interview broadcast on The Morning Show with Declan Meehan on East Coast FM on 4th December 2014

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