Are People Ready for Human-Made Organs?

October 12, 2017

(Boston Globe) – What if instead of waiting for a heart transplant, your doctor told you he or she would build you a new one from scratch? That might sound like science fiction, but it’s closer to reality than you might think. On Tuesday, several of the region’s top scientists gathered at the Harvard Club of Boston to discuss the viability of creating organs and other tissues in the laboratory, during a HUBweek presentation titled “The Organ Generation.” Their wide-ranging conversation bounced from the bioethics of organs made by human beings, to how self-driving cars — and the fewer traffic fatalities they promise — might affect the organ donor pipeline.

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