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April 26, 2016 9:42 AM   Subscribe

OSCAR is a prototype (the size of a human hand) consisting of clickable organ modules grown from human cells. (skippable auto-playing video warning)

"The Modular Body is an online science fiction story about the creation of OSCAR, a living organism built from human cells. The protagonist is Cornelis Vlasman, a versatile biologist for whom the path well-travelled is the most uninteresting one by definition. Together with a few like-minded people he therefore starts an independent laboratory in which he experiments with organic materials, on his own initiative, with his own resources and his own team."
posted by cmoj (7 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'll need to wait until later when I can get on headphones to really absorb this, but from the about page this looks pretty cool.

It reminds of those online multimedia events from the late 90's.
posted by Annika Cicada at 10:02 AM on April 26, 2016

I caught this one the other day moments before the original post was deleted (for framing reasons, since it wasn't entirely clear that it was sci-fi) and was genuinely impressed by the fairly detailed level of realism, and the implicit body horror embedded in the premise. There's nothing specifically threatening about Oscar in and of itself, but what it represents is existentially terrifying.
posted by Strange Interlude at 10:33 AM on April 26, 2016

I haven't read through it sufficiently to know for sure but if they don't mention that OSCAR was built using HeLa cells, it lacks believability.
posted by janey47 at 11:18 AM on April 26, 2016

Not to be confused with OSCar.
posted by w0mbat at 11:29 AM on April 26, 2016

I watched this yesterday, then I read it is a spoof. But it was horrifying, nevertheless.
posted by Oyéah at 12:39 PM on April 26, 2016

It reminds of those online multimedia events from the late 90's.

Did you go to one of those? What was it like?
posted by griphus at 12:54 PM on April 26, 2016

This is totally blowing my mind right now. What a bizarre, yet logical premise, presented in such a remarkably realistic manner.
posted by One Second Before Awakening at 11:41 PM on April 27, 2016

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