Artificial Organ Regrowth: Can We Live Forever?

Submitted by: MorfeuS 5 years ago in Science

A look at artificial organ growth: from building an ear inside a mouse, to fully working heart and lungs grown in jars.
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Male 369
Ive known about this for years. I go to alot of scientific conferences, the last one by sam rhine. He said that there is a way to take a doners organ and basicly remove the organic material (I dont entirly remember how exactly) and use THAT for a scafold. Its really amazing what there is out there. The have holograms, ways to grow organs and jet packs but one of this is in our homes yet? I hope by the time I`m 30 we have these things. :/
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Male 675
Just watch, Westboro will start protesting at the hospitals where they do the transplants, claiming they sin by playing God... Then one of them is saved by the surgery, and they still protest it, claiming that they were spared to continue the work. If people at PETA will pull it, I don`t see why these people won`t. :P
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Male 80
ima smoke sooooo many cigs today!
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Male 1,595
WOW

I was looking at the picture and not reading the text, and I thought it was a post about tacos.
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Female 7
And plus, why would you WANT to live forever??
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Female 7
@Egalm, Seeing both, I can safely say that the government would never allow a company to do that to people. It is completely unethical.
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Male 12,365
[quote]*Hint: Start with your telomeres.[/quote]

Then move on to why naked mole rats don`t get cancer. If you just keep adding to the telomeres, cancer happens...but not in naked mole rats. They don`t get cancer at all. So they might hold the key to both huge increases in longevity (they live about 8 times longer than would be expected in a rodent of that size) and a way to make humans immune to cancer (although that might require genetic engineering).

Naked mole rats are a perfect example of one reason why we should care about the rate of extinction of plants and animals - we don`t know if they will be extremely useful to us in the future.
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Male 1,059
That`s so crazy. :-O I definitely agree with Angillion though. Even if we didn`t live forever, just having most people living longer than 100 years on average would more than likely make a big problem. :-/

While this is really cool... it`s also kind of scary. >.>
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Male 1,737
Just go watch Repo the Genetic Opera or Repomen. You`ll get quickly why this could be a bad idea.
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Male 42
Holy stinking poo. That is awesome.
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Male 688
While this helps it`s doesn`t accomplish all that much in terms of living a significantly longer life for already healthy people. It will do wonders for everyone else though.

I say that because you can`t replace your brain so it`s still aging and will eventually wear out. Even if you could reestablish every neural pathway and electrical impulse exactly the way it was, it still wouldn`t be `you` it might be your body and to everyone else be considered you because you act and think the same, but you could just as easily create 2 of you and since you can`t be 2 people at once, obviously the created brain just isn`t you.

Therefore to live `forever` you need to stop the aging process completely.

*Hint: Start with your telomeres.
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Male 12,365
[quote]ugh omg why would you ever want to live long enough for you to need that?[/quote]

People generally don`t want to die. Also, people generally don`t want to live with a poor quality of life caused by a malfunctioning heart (or other organ). That could happen relatively young.

[quote]also why would you feel better about having a dead pig`s kidney than a dead human`s kidney?[/quote]

No idea.
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Male 12,365
LazyMe484:

It`s theoretically possible to cure aging. While the answer to "Can we live forever?" would still be "no" because of disease and/or injury, you`d probably be able to live several centuries.

So if you do live to 100, maybe that will be long enough for anti-aging treatments to have been developed and maybe you`ll live to 500.

We are going to have to start addressing the problem of over-population. If 100 becomes a fairly common age, it`s going to be an issue.
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Female 2,695
ugh omg why would you ever want to live long enough for you to need that? also why would you feel better about having a dead pig`s kidney than a dead human`s kidney?
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Male 216
going to disneyland -checked
winning my local soccer league -checked
growing a second penis -almost check!
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Male 10,440
[quote] can we live forever? [/quote]

No. Of course not, but this will break new ground. I`m thrilled to see the science developing this far. I remember a time in my own life when this was unheard of.

I tell people that I expect that I will probably live to 100. ;-) It doesn`t seem so far fetched now does it?
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Male 11
razlem:
"Unless we can grow a new brain and download the information from the previous one, you`d live forever as a vegetable."

If we get that far it`d be like the movie The Matrix after that, we`d just get some new information loaded in on say--- How to fly a black hawk helicopter programmed into our brain.
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Male 773
@razlem - ANYTHING can be translated to binary these days.
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Male 533
Unless we can grow a new brain and download the information from the previous one, you`d live forever as a vegetable.
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Male 15,510
I dont see the point of living forever
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Female 595
Anyone seen Repo! The Genetic Opera?
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Male 436
@ScubaFett near the end of the video they said they planned on using pig organs as scaffolds since they are nearly identical in shape and size as human organs.
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Male 176
But how do you make the scaffolding? it seems that they are still taking organs from doners, stripping them of the original cells and putting in the patient`s cells. This is cool but it`s not grwing organs from scratch.
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Male 528
religious believers, flame somewhere else.. i f*cking love science and technoligy, it`s only us that`s slowing us down. thankyou scientists
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Male 697
looks like a bright future
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Male 2,796
Oh good, let`s prolong life, keep multiplying and destroy the world. Great idea
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Male 307
@VAJENGA that was truly brilliant
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Male 178
USE MY TAXES FOR THIS!
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Male 25,416
Repo men style?
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Male 341
REPOST...
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Male 354
a good reason to keep poring those shots and lighting up some smoke.
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Male 553
No i know that making an organ and a valve are two completely different worlds. I`m just saying I`m not surprised that we are getting close when we`ve made functioning tissue. It is tissue right? =P
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Male 3,285
making a valve anc creating the entire organ are two totally different worlds plague555
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Male 532
The problem with that GENEjet printer is that the replacement cartridges cost more than the printer itself and once you replace them it never works right again. :)
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Male 535
If they can build every bodypart, they can also modify every bodypart. hmm, I wonder....
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Male 104
Plague this isnt a small part of a organ... it`s the entire organ from scratch. not a valve of a heart but the entire heart
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Male 104
my mind has just been raped
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Male 553
This is pretty old news. Some years ago they were able to artificially make a working heart valve. They had to manually create a flow similar to what the valve would have to make in order to "teach" the valve what to do. Eventually the heart valve started to work on its own. I saw it on tv.
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Male 289
Link: Artificial Organ Regrowth: Can We Live Forever? [Rate Link] - A look at artificial organ growth: from building an ear inside a mouse, to fully working heart and lungs grown in jars.
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