Organoids — clusters of specialized cells designed to mimic organs — enable researchers to study biological processes and the effects of drugs.
Demand for human organs has surpassed supply. This is leading to serious problems including a flourishing black market for organ trafficking.
Every extra organ available for donation is potentially lifesaving. And it can be done safely and ethically.
Lab-grown technologies may help change the way certain human diseases are studied and treated.
China’s industrial-scale organ trafficking practice has been executing prisoners of conscience and using their organs for transplantation for decades. This is known as forced organ harvesting.
The heart used in the first pig-human transplant was infected with a pig virus. This reveals that using other species as organ donors may not provide a solution for organ shortages.
New developments in organ transplants from animals show promise. However, there has been no public engagement about a potential risk. It may streamline a pathway to humans for new zoonotic diseases.
Rather than distinctly male or female, the human brain is much more like the heart, kidneys and lungs – basically the same no matter the sex of the body it’s in.
Printing organs could reduce the need for human donor organs. And 3D printed organs using a patient’s own cells would increase successful organ transplants by reducing the risk of rejection.
Next, researchers want to grow the tear glands of a crocodile – seriously.
Why are scientists trying to grow organs at the International Space Station? People live on Earth not in zero-gravity. A stem cell expert explains why it is useful to do these experiments in space.
During the Second World War, anxious but also bored BBC listeners found comfort in the soothing sounds of Sandy Macpherson, Canadian-born organist.
Our bodies are made up of cells that multiply to repair our organs. But organs like our liver and skin are better at regeneration than our brain.
The body tries to plug a wound quickly to stop germs getting in through broken skin and making you sick. But behind the scenes, your blood is working hard to repair a wound.
One of the waste products that your kidneys put into your urine is a chemical called urobilin, and it is yellow.
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.
Our body is able to regulate its temperature very effectively, but heat waves can damage certain organs if we are not careful…
Small wounds can usually heal by themselves, but larger wounds can be a problem. With a little help from a seaweed we can help the body regenerate new blood vessels.
When my kidneys stopped working properly, my dad gave me one of his kidneys. Thanks, Dad.
Religious and cultural beliefs play a role in the country’s organ donor shortages. But these factors alone grossly oversimplifies the issue.