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.


  1. This is a great idea. Many people die waiting for an organ transplant but with this new technology we will decrease the number of individuals that will die without a transplant. If we keep improving this and make it possible to create all the organs that will help so many in the medical field.

  2. I'd be pretty interested to see the complications that this man made organ would cause. For one thing does this organ work with all blood types?

  3. It would be interesting to know how effective these organs would perform in a human body. How they would compare to an average human liver or how long they would last before a replacement is due.

  4. Is this covered by my health insurance, because if its not that will be sooooo expensive.

  5. Can't wait to get my fake liver when mine's is gone in fifty years.

  6. This would be an amazing medical breakthrough if scientist could figure out a way for it to be effective for at least a long time period or forever with few complications.

  7. I think this is a great medical advancement that will greatly improve the human life span. However as Fletcher mentioned, I can imagine this will be quite costly and that thought brings the movie Repo Men. While these are not bionic organs, the possibility that people who might not be able to afford new organs could end up suffering

  8. It's funny how we're still continuing to look for many alternatives to expand the human life span even further, when the world is being over populated by these disease called humans. Sooner or later, we're going have to start finding ways to reduce the population crisis. meaning, enforce limited child policies, start killing people etc.

  9. Don't human bodies have trouble with rejecting actual body parts? Why wouldn't they reject a synthetic one?

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