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Do we feel that the announced success of growing a rat's heart in a lab setting will advance the human state?

Asked by kelly (1902points) January 17th, 2008

organ replacement may be in the future for kidneys disease, spinal injuries, etc

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Zaku's avatar

Yes, though I am concerned that we seem to have more technology than we have wisdom…

DryaUnda's avatar

(Do you have the link to the specific news article, kelly?)

I’m not exactly sure what you mean by “advance the human state,” kelly, but it looks like the sort of thing that I’m advocating. As for organ replacement, which I presume the lab-grown rat hearts are supposed to help us learn about, I doubt advances in medicine will deteriorate human well-being. Even better if new organs are created that function better than the human norm.

I am aware of the main objection to organ replacement, which is that people will all of a sudden stop taking care of the organs they already have because they can just replace them, because we all know people follow cartoon logic. We treat products as disposable only when they become really inexpensive, like paper. Even if livers become as affordable as PDAs, even if the organ recipients become stupid for the sake of dramatic necessity, who are the innocents that are harmed?

kelly's avatar

No I do not have the link. I saw it in a newspaper article early this week. Memory serves (FWTW) that it was in Europe.

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