|(Natural News) There is an organ-transplant crisis going on. There are far too many people on various organ transplant waiting lists, and not enough organ donors. As such, scientists have thought of various solutions for the problem. One new example is organ refurbishing, which is as straightforward as it sounds – scientists take organs and refurbish them before transplanting them to new recipients who will end up using them. The thing is, the organs are sourced not from other humans, but from animals.
A report published recently in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology‘s MIT Technology Review brought the topic up for discussion. Harald Ott, a surgeon from the Harvard Medical School, is said to be spearheading the refurbished animal organ revolution. The report states that someday, people who need transplants may view Ott’s methods as the standard solution for all of their problems.
According to the report, Ott’s lab has unusual methods that involve taking animal organs and cleaning them up, then later turning them into human-compatible versions that can be used in actual, live organ transplants. The process usually starts with the animal organs being hooked up to a pump, which then send detergent throughout them in order to clean them up. Then, once the organs have been emptied of all traces of their animal origins, they are treated as a sort of empty scaffolding, which can be populated with human stem cells taken from patients – the potential recipients. It is through this that the scientists at the lab aim to create fully compatible human organs that won’t be rejected by the body of the person who receives the organ in a transplant.