Ken Baumbach is the author of Mere Theosophy, a nonfiction book on spirituality, Immaculate Deception, an end-of-the-world comedy novel, and The Heretics' Power, a high fantasy novel, among others.
This blog will have random thoughts, tidbits from his novels, sneak peaks of works in progress, short stories, the meaning of the universe, and other potentially fascinating prose.
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For children born with microtia, a congenital deformity of the external ear, reconstructive surgery solutions can involve long, painful operations or prosthetics that rarely resemble the real thing.
However, Cornell bioengineers and physicians have offered new hope by using 3-D printing and injectable gel molds to create an artificial ear that looks, feels and functions like a natural one.
Dr. Jason Spector, director of the Laboratory for Bioregenerative Medicine and Surgery and associate professor of plastic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, said this method is "absolutely" the best option reconstructive surgeons have for helping kids with microtia or those who've lost part of an ear to trauma or cancer....