Japan seeks R&D (research and development) funding for artificial body parts:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Health and Welfare have requested ¥ billion ($8.3 million) to be made available for research into surgical and medical prostheses such as artificial organs and bones. The aim is to establish the basic technology by 2005 and ultimately develop models for virtually permanent use, says Japan Medical News. Current products have a life-span of around five years.