J.D. Tuccille Touts Drug War-Defying 3D Chemical Printing in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

3d chemical printingCronin GroupNot long ago I peered into the old technological crystal ball and saw a future in which advancements in 3D printing revolutionize not just manufacturing, but chemical engineering and the pharmaceutical industry. Innovations already under way in the use of the technology promise to bring the production of drugs to the desktop, at the "point of need." End users will download files that describe the structure of the drugs they want and print them at will. That has important implications for research, development and for the affordability of "orphan drugs" that treat relatively rare ailments. Not incidentally, this technology will render legal restrictions on recreational drugs even less enforceable than they are now.

Now go back to the future, and revisit that column, reprinted in the pages of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Thrill to an exciting and liberating future! Marvel that the Post-Gazette apparently has no comment system in an age when that's a standard means of getting readers to stick around for a while and connect with your publication!

Read "Make your own drugs!" here.

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  • Live Free or Diet||

    Firstest!

  • ||

    Marvel that the Post-Gazette apparently has no comment system in an age when that's a standard means of getting readers to stick around for a while and connect with your publication!

    What, and let the unwashed proles without fancy journalism degrees have their say next to the articles on your publication?

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    It works out here for the many pseudo libertarians.

  • Dweebston||

    You and who else?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Have you ever heard yinzers debating? It's like normal online arguing times a thousand divided by one for the thumb.

  • Almanian!||

    What're yinz doin'?

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Halftime:

    Redskins might be the biggest disappointment of the year, Eagles are losing to the Chargers who blew a 28-7 lead Monday night (I picked them to beat Houston), and the Fish should beat the Colts.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Not incidentally, this technology will render legal restrictions on recreational drugs even less enforceable than they are now.

    That will just lead to more destruction as frustrated SWAT teams circle jerk their way through your front door and bulletkkake all over your dog.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Great, now I won't be able to buy anything that has anything in it that you might be able to makes drugs from.

  • Warrren||

    They'll sell the printers for cheap but make all the money off of the boner cartridges.

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