Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Man Made Livers
Recently the scientist University of Wake Forest University have created the first functioning livers from human cells. This article was realeased by Popular Science earlier this week and discusses how ground breaking this really is. Using a technique called decellulariztion they were able to take organs from animals and wash out the animal cells only leaving the structure of the organ. Human cells were then pumped in. At this point they began to form human liver tissue.
This research has the possibility to greatly affect modern medicine. Even though just the first step in a long process with a lot of research still to be done it is a step in the right direction. In the future you could be seeing shorter wait times for transplants which would save thousands of lives a year. The creation of these livers, will also help to develop other man made organs.
The man made liver that was created recently at Wake Forest was not the first organ to have been created. Still all of these have to be perfected. The time table they are looking at for the liver is around 15 years,Blood Vessels should be ready in 5, and Kidneys in 10-20. These are just a few organs that scientist are currently working on.
In the future doctors could by pass the donor process all together. Humanity in terms of science are trying to do everything we can to preserve our lifestyles. By creating organs we are changing how long we can live and improving our quality of life.