As hard as it is to believe, organ transplants have been a reality for less than 50 years. And in the United States alone, thousands of people still die each year while waiting for suitable organs. In addition, many of those who do receive organ transplants die when their bodies reject the organs. But soon, those problems will be a thing of the past, as labs successfully manufacture replacement organs that precisely match the recipient’s body. A string of recent breakthroughs puts us on the path to delivering replacement hearts, lungs, kidneys, and livers within the coming decade. The payoff in terms of quality of life, savings in medical costs, and the continued contributions of those whose lives are saved will be enormous. We’ll explore the implications and opportunities.
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