By Tyler Stahl, M.S., Nerac Analyst,
Originally Published: April 27, 2017
With the recent boom in the development of more complex biomaterials and advances in stem cell biology, the idea of organ and limb replacement is becoming less of a sci-fi fantasy and more of a feasible standard in medicine. Although not a new concept, with talk of organ replacement as early as the 1950s, advances made within the fields of biocompatible materials and stem cells have recently changed the game. Traditionally the standard treatment for organ failure was mechanical support or a replacement organ via donor. However, the practice of donor organs presents several limitations, primarily an increasing shortage in supply and the lifelong need for immunosuppressants. There are also rapidly changing regulatory guidelines that must be considered. This article provides an overview of the recent trends in this developing field.
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