Thursday, September 20, 2012

Ghost Organs

This is an incredibly interesting video from a while back discussing some cutting edge research into the potential to grow genetically specific human organs on the framework of another person's used organs.

One of the big problems with organ transplants is that in order for a human body to accept a donor, it must be a perfect genetic match for the person in need.  Meaning, someone may be in need of a new heart, and there may be 10,000 donor hearts sitting on ice waiting to get used, but if they are not genetic matches, they are of no use to the person in need.  But scientists, aided by some incredibly simple household items, may be unlocking the door to universal organ transplants, potentially saving the lives of countless people seeking out donor organs.  Have a look. It is definitely worth a watch.

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