Biological Enhancement and the Cyborg
March 3, 2011 Leave a comment
Is an organism still considered a cyborg if the additive parts (for enhancement) are biological rather than electronic, mechanical, or robotic?
Face transplants, hand transplants, and tissue engineering are gaining significant momentum in the medical realm, and the battle against senescence is being fought more viciously every day. Replication of biological structures (and their subsequent sensory-enhancing components) may follow a pattern of general to more specific. For example: organism replication, organ replication, developmentally similar structure replication, cellular replication. Will procedures performed to counter senescence and replace sub-par functioning structures by replacement with biological replicates be considered cyborg engineering?