Pigs growing human pancreases, coming to a farm near you soon?
The idea of human-animal hybrids can raise a lot of questions and it's easy to feel they are "unnatural" because they violate the boundaries between species.
People of color face more obstacles on the path to an organ transplant.
Although certain racial minorities are more likely to be diagnosed with organ failure, they are less likely to be transplanted. What's behind the gap?
A gift worth giving.
England is moving to an opt-out organ donation scheme. Here's how it could be a success.
You’ll be waiting a while for functional 3D-printed human organs.
There is a stark mismatch between the elements required of a modern news story – unique, high impact – and the reality of medical research being slow, meticulous and progressing one step at a time.
A Nova Scotia woman displays the tattoo that marks her two liver transplants at the provincial legislature in Halifax in April 2019. The province’s Human Organ and Tissue Donation Act will allow Nova Scotians to donate their organs and tissue unless they opt out.
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Most Canadians support organ donation after death, but fewer than 25 per cent have registered to donate their organs. What can be done to encourage more registrations?
Right now, your kidneys are getting rid of all things your body does not need. They do this by ‘cleaning’ your blood.
When my kidneys stopped working properly, my dad gave me one of his kidneys. Thanks, Dad.
If the family doesn’t agree, the surgery won’t go ahead.
A parliamentary committee report recommends the Australian government investigate whether an opt-out system could help increase donation rates. But the evidence suggests it wouldn't.
Fundamental questions of ethics are involved in donor transplant decisions.
Doctors in South Africa performed a liver transplant from an HIV-positive donor to a HIV-negative recipient. Major ethical questions came into play.
I joined a Facebook group about organ donation. Within two days an Indian man offered to sell me his kidney.
Running on a transplanted liver.
Sport can provide organ recipients with motivation and a chance to celebrate.
3D bioprinted channel, representing a blood vessel within a hydrogel that mimics human tissue.
Forget, Heiny, Derme, Mitterberger, Shastri
3D bioprinting of living cells and materials may contribute to faster and cheaper ways to create effective new drugs - and even reduce animal testing.
Growing human organs in pigs mean they’re doing our dirty work for us.
We're living longer and more ill lives – could we use animals to grow human organs for transplants?
A ready source of hearts…one day.
A baboon survived nearly three years with a pigs heart, so does that mean cross-species transplantation is imminent?
The cultivation of pig organs for human transplantation carries great risk and promise.
Public attention is focused on whether we should use gene editing technology on embryos, but it could potentially have a bigger and more immediate impact on human health via animal organ donation.
Despite having a higher than average rate of viable donors, Australia’s organ donation rate is lower than much of the developed world.
Australia was once a world leader in organ donations, but today it lags much of the developed world. William Isdale speaks with Aric Bendorf about how to improve Australia's organ donation rates.
It’s time to go beyond improving the mechanisms for implementing existing laws.
Australia’s organ donation levels are low by international standards. At least twenty countries achieve better donation rates than Australia's 16.1 donors per million population (DPM).
He who shoots first gets frozen longest.
If frogs can freeze and live to tell the tale, why can't humans?
Why do some people fare worse after heart transplants than others?
Heart anatomy image via www.shutterstock.com
New research shows that black patients are more likely to have heart transplants at the worst-performing centers. So how do patients choose where to go for surgery?
More Australians may be able to donate or receive organs if proposed NHMRC guidelines are adopted.
Australia has never had a great deceased organ donor rate – and it fell last year. But proposed guidelines from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) could change how donor organs are…
Trust in doctors to do the right thing.
Organ by Shutterstock
The recent inquest into a case in Wales where two patients died following kidney transplants has focused fresh attention on the risks associated with transplantation. No transplant is risk-free, but the…