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Scientists Develop Technique Ensuring 100% Success Rate of Organ Transplants!

Can this organ transplant technique be humanity’s hope to gaining immortality?

Undergoing an organ transplant procedure is a long and harrowing process. First there is the waiting period of finding a suitable donor, undergoing therapies and certain tests to ensure a high percentage of matching between the donor and the recipient. A high matching rate is needed so that the recipient’s body will not reject the transplant and attack it.

In some cases that the recipient’s immune system attacks the transplanted organ, it can result to even more fatal situations and sometimes even death of the patient. In some cases too, the very long waiting period from obtaining a suitable organ match from organ banks or donors can be the cause of death. The patient’s body just can’t hold out much longer without a new organ.

But all of that may be a thing of the past, once decellularization becomes more available as an organ preparation method for transplant. We will be able to use the organs of pigs (surprisingly their organs have a high degree of similarity to humans such as their heart, or from deceased human bodies).

To see what this future of organ transplant is all about, watch below:

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As its name implies, decellularization is the removal of cells in the organ. To explain simply, each of us individuals have our own cells and DNA. We have high matches of cells and DNA with our parents and siblings, and more degree of difference with strangers. Everything in our bodies have this cell imprint, kinda like our own unique blueprints as people.

A decellularized human heart, stripped off all cells such as blood.

A decellularized human heart, stripped off all cells such as blood.

If we put a donor’s organ inside another person, the cells of the donor are still present, and would have some degree of difference with the patient. The patient’s immune system may react to the organ as a foreign object and attack it. In decellularization, the donor’s cells coating the organs are washed off with a special detergent that only strips off these cells but does not destroy the organ itself.

The stages of decellularization of a human kidney

The stages of decellularization of a human kidney

To ease up the acceptance of the organ in the body, the organs are then filled or coated with the patient’s own cells (stem cell usually from blood). Now the immune system will see the transplanted organ as a member of the body since it also has the same cell blueprints.

Decellularization can truly save a lot of lives. However a few points of ethical concerns come to light:

  1. Would we let animals like pigs be bred as “organ farms”. Would we raise animals only to be slaughtered for organ transplants?
  2. Wouldn’t the ease of access to organ transplant make us even more careless of our lifestyle choices and live even more unhealthily? We would think, “so what if I get kidney failure from diabetes, or heart problem from hypertension, I can always get a new organ…”
  3. Won’t prolonged life make the earth even more crowded? But as long as we have our loved one for much longer, that’s what counts right?

Indeed this technique is a very exciting step forward for science and the field of medicine, but there are of course still some sides to it that we need to think about. We should remember that ultimately, it is us and our practices who destroy our bodies, so we ought to take more care of it.

Adapting a healthier lifestyle now may reduce our risks for these diseases in the future.

Adapting a healthier lifestyle now may reduce our risks for these diseases in the future.

What are your thoughts on this? Share on the comments below and don’t forget to inform your friends about this too!

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Doctor Asks Billionaires Like Zuckerberg To Finance World’s First Head Transplant

Which billionaire will give the money? Is head transplant really possible?

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Organ transplant is nothing so shocking at present. Liver transplant, heart transplant. kidney transplant even skin transplants... all of these are perfectly acceptable to extend the life of the patient. But what if it is something else, something like a full human head transplant? Doesn't it sound so eerily similar to a "Frankenstein" experiment to you?

Italian scientist and transplant doctor Sergio Canavero is trying to convince billionaires from all over the world, like Mark Zuckerberg for donations so that head transplant can be carried out. One might think, who would be in their right mind to volunteer for such an endeavor? Well 30-year old Russian tech scientist, Valery Spiridonov eagerly volunteered upon hearing the proposition.

What compels Spiridonov to try this unknown and possibly life-costing head transplant procedure? ...

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Scientist From California Believes This Could Be ‘Humanity’s Last Century’

According to this scientist, new technology will allow us to evolve down paths we choose, as opposed to the path nature decides.

We’ve all seen those grim post-apocalyptic sci-fi flicks where machines rule but if Doctor Seth Shostak is to be believed, it looks like that may become real in the future.

Actually, Shostak is not alone in his belief. Other scientists also think – and fear – that the 21st century may be ‘humanity’s last’ century. In the years to come, humans may be replaced by ‘genetically engineered super-men’ or cyborgs, as we call them from the movies.

SETI Institute's Dr Seth Shostak believes this could be "humanity's last century."

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Watch What Happens If You Pour Molten Aluminum Over Steak. Pretty Cool!

He pours aluminum over steak to see how much molten metal can damage soft tissues.

The art and (science) of cooking have evolved tremendously through time. From stick and stones to metal oven and now by pouring aluminum?

In this video we found, a group of friends poured molten aluminum over a huge, fresh steak. Aside from inventing what may probably be the next sensational cooking method, they said the reason why they decided to do the experiment is to test how and to what extent molten metal can damage the muscle tissue.

The "scientists" used a thermal scanner to detect the temperature of the steak to see if it will cook all the way through. Aside from just pouring the aluminum, they also cooked the steak in a pan of molten metal....

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