Located in Grass Valley, California, is a building called Farlow’s Scientific Glassblowing, Inc. To the naked eye it may just seem like any other glassblowing studio around, but it’s become something much more. Farlow’s strives to create pieces of art to advance our understanding of human organs, putting their tagline “Where Art Meets Science” into better perspective.
Created by Gary Farlow over thirty years ago, Farlow’s Scientific Glassblowing strives to create anatomically correct glass replicas of the human body’s vascular system. They create models of the human heart, brain, lungs, and many other parts of the vascular system, in hopes of helping medical science better study the workings of how we function on the inside. While each piece is clearly a work of art, there’s just as much science in their products. The glass structure allows for the study of blood flow. These models can be used by medical students when they are practicing and studying, as well as professionals seeking to contribute advancements in the medical field. The products are perfect to test new treatments out on, to see if they successfully work before trying the tests out on the real deals.
Farlow’s works to create products that are as accurate as possible. Their models vary from both the female to male systems, and they even offer models of vascular systems of younger people as well. The company has vastly helped in both the studies of aneurysms and blood clotting.
The company has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, and now ships as far out to places such as Europe and Japan, catering to the global market. While some of their products will only cost you a couple hundred dollars, their full scale replica of the human vascular system can run as high as $25,000. But hey, what’s 25k in the name of science, right?
You can find more information on Farlow’s Scientific Glassblowing at their official web-site.