Doctors are constantly being helped by their friends in the technology industry, from 3D printing ears to making veins in a cotton candy machine, people are now able to start replacing damaged parts of themselves with items created from their genetic make up. This technology may have gone one step further with a research group claiming to have created functional human hearts.
The new technique could see people avoiding waiting lists and the risk of their immune system rejecting the new organ. With a low risk of an immune response, the new technique could see a 100% acceptance amongst transplants.
By using skin cells from a patient, the team were able to generate the cardiac muscles found in a heart. In order to turn it into a transplantable heart it needed a structure, something that would take time to develop. Using 73 donor hearts that were considered unsuitable for transplantation, the team removed the living cells leaving only the neutral network required for the heart.
With the ability to replace body parts with artificially grown organs appearing quicker and quicker, it won’t be long before we can repair defects in body parts and ensure that people who suffer injuries to their organs can repair them as easily as a cut on their arm.
Technology can do amazing things, we’ve seen it give people the ability to walk again to creating fresh organs like candyfloss. The problem with technology is that you have to wait to see just how much things progress, with every day bringing new technology and miracles. Why would we not look forward to the news that infertility could soon be a thing of the past with lab-grown sperm being used to create healthy mice in a lab.
The study showed that by taking a stem cell, the researchers were able to create sperm and use this to create healthy baby mice. The study went on to show not only that it was a success but that the children were able to grow up and even have their own offspring.
This research could be the first step to help people who have become infertile, with the artificial growth and injection of sperm cells or the earlier form of sperm called spermatids could produce not only healthy offspring could be used to create human babies, a process that is being debated for its ethical and legal reasons all over the world. The only issue that the group have found so far is that adult humans don’t have embryonic stem cells, but are hopeful that turning skin cells into a stem-cell-like state could be the key.
With more and more people being helped by technology on a daily basis, you can’t help but be amazed at these scientists work who are keen to help everyone overcome their life difficulties.