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talljasperman's avatar

Is it possible to add extra organs to boost the human body?

Asked by talljasperman (21734points) August 13th, 2014

Like a third kidney or extra parts of brain matter (where space is available).

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filmfann's avatar

I would not recommend fucking with (1) God’s creation or (2) the result of millions of years of evolution. That said, I have had my wisdom teeth out.

ragingloli's avatar

For many additions, you would have to alter the brain itself in order to enable it to control the additional organ.
For example, while humans still have the muscles for it, only few can actually wiggle their ears.

seekingwolf's avatar

@ragingloli is right. You’d have to modify the brain itself to give it control over the organs. You can’t just pop organs in and hope that they would know what to do on their own.

zenvelo's avatar

Nope, you can’t just plug it in,

RocketGuy's avatar

When you get a kidney transplant, they don’t remove your bad ones. They just find a place for your new one, so you come out with 3 kidneys!

2davidc8's avatar

Yes, and I’ve heard of at least one case where a person was given a new heart, but the old one was not removed.

zenvelo's avatar

Yet the transplant examples are replacements, not to augment working organs.

jaytkay's avatar

Actually, with a kidney transplant, they do kind of “just plug it in”.

They leave in the bad kidneys. And the third (new) one starts working immediately.

My brother got a new kidney this summer

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