Print your own organs
If you need a new heart or lung, you’re in trouble. People are apparently reluctant to give up their inner workings to save others. But could you simply print a new heart? Andy Ridgway finds out
But this is 2019, and a new technique has just come into mainstream use that could help her out. Just an hour after diagnosis, she’s in an operating theatre having stem cells injected into the airways of her lungs. The procedure is completed in minutes. Over the coming days, things start to look much better for the patient. She’s now walking the length of the ward without getting breathless and her doctors say she’ll make a full recovery.
But won’t people feel squeamish about having cells from pigs inside them? “I’ve been asked this question many times,” says White. “I think someone who is not diabetic may well raise the yuk factor. But we have been using pig insulin to treat diabetes since 1923 and no-one is squeamish about that.