Impact of Technology on Transplantation

1. Advances human life--- With a greater supply of organs for transplant, maybe a man who has never seen a sunrise can then see. Maybe a new heart can free another man's heart from endless pain. Maybe a teenager, pulled from the wreckage of a car, can live to become a man. Maybe bones and muscle from another can make a crippled child walk. These thoughts were written by Robert Test from the National Transplant Assistance Fund.

2. Advances research----Our nation thrives on research and discovery. Gene mapping and molecular biology have been sciences that support the research of tissue engineering. Tissue engineering is now open to commercialization of its discoveries. Researchers are making successful strides with cross-species transplants to meet the human organ shortage. Significant hurdles remain, but progress in recent months by companies and their academic collaborators prompts some of their scientists to suggest that the first organ transplant from a pig to a human could occur within a year.

3. Advances the economy---- Scientific research and technology advance each other. In a decade, zenoplants may be commonplace. Analysts predict that commercial products are only five years away. Predictions for this market are estimated at $1 billion in annual sales.It is also estimated that the current transplant number would increase by 100,000 if given an unlimited supply of organs. D. Vasella, president of Sandoz Pharma, said the Swiss company expects to invest $1 billion in zenotransplant technology in the next several years.


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