Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Artificial Liver Grown From Stem Cells! (Well, a mini version anyway)

My dream of turning myself into a cyborg and live a few centuries (or a few millenia) is one step closer! Mwahahahaha! Mwahahahaha!

From the article:

British scientists have grown the world's first artificial liver from stem cells in a breakthrough that will one day provide entire organs for transplant. The technique that created the 'mini-liver', currently the size of a one pence piece, will be developed to create a full-size functioning liver.

Here is an estimate of the timeframe:

Within five years, pieces of artificial tissue could be used to repair livers damaged by injury, disease, alcohol abuse and paracetamol overdose. And then, in just 15 years' time, entire liver transplants could take place using organs grown in a lab.

I guess I would double the estimate to 30 years as the time that I must keep my liver working before I can get a new replacement then.

Now, we need a good way to back up my brain state, a good processor to run my brain image, and an easily repaired body, and my dream would be fulfilled.

1 comment:

Say No to Crack said...

This is pretty amazing, but I wonder if the same technique could be used for more complex organs ... isn't the liver basically an organ that keeps repeating itself in function and design (kind of like a sponge)?