Growing artificial organs
In 1954, the first successful organ transplant was performed by Drs. Joseph Murray and David Hume. A kidney was transplanted from one twin to his identical brother1. As of today, there are over 123,000 people in the U.S. waiting on organ transplant lists2. An organ transplant is required when one of your organs shuts down or fails as a result of illness or injury. The most commonly transplanted organs include kidney, liver, heart, pancreas, lung, and small intestine. With problems of transplant rejection (which we discussed previously) and limited organ availability, wouldn’t life be so much easier if we could swap parts like the robots in WALL-E? We might be getting closer and closer to transitioning from science fiction to reality.