Are organs made in labs a good alternative to donated organs
In the future can have the possibility to print organs.
Scaffold for Reproductive Medicine
Contains Proteins which grow the organ faster.
Organs like these are grown by taking cells from the original donor and soon grow into a full organ.
- Virtually every single type of organ can be made except the brain (which can be made into a mini brain)
- The newly made organ isn't attacked by the immune system because it came from the owners cell
- The cells of the organ take only 3-5 weeks to grow and the organ itself a short period after that
- The new organs don't cost as much as regular organs which can cost up to 1,200,000 $ for a lung or heart transplant
- The new organs work the same or more effectively than the original organ
- Since all of the organs would have to be grown people would have to order organs in advance and this could be bad for patients that need an organ immediately.
- The cost to make an organ isn't relatively not that expensive but starting a lab that can make organs can cost millions of dollars
- Still not a lot of research on what will happen after the treatment is done
- If there is a hidden disease in the base tissue and is then made into an organ it could effect the whole body
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