Tailor-Made “Super” Organs? Why Settle for Less?
The Answer Might Surprise You…
By Dr. Gruen Lunther

We live in an age of artificial organs, where most organs can be synthetically created in a lab to desired genetic specifications. In many cases, these lab-grown organs can even be designed better, stronger, and more resilient than the ones we’re born with. 3D-bioprinting is another aspect of regenerative medicine that can also offer patients an entirely new organ, instead of opting for traditional transplants—an outdated practice which required willing donors, extensive waiting lists, and potential health risk during the procedure.

Further, with the advent of cybernetic technology, our natural organs and assorted body parts may soon be on the way out altogether. Full-body prosthesis is still incredibly rare, with less than 2% of the world’s population able to afford such an expense. However, cybernetic limbs have become increasingly commonplace—and, unlike two decades ago, where most cyborg components were strictly geared for military use—they now offer patients a wide variety of options.

But, despite all of this, there is still a ‘not so small’ percentage of the population who are against artificial implantation—be it artificially grown or cybernetic. Some claim fears of “lab-grown” organs—citing them as unnatural, or that the technology is “too new” and may present possible health risks which have yet to be discovered. Some are morally opposed, due to religious or other personal beliefs. Another subgroup claims that genetically modified—and enhanced—organs are, in fact, not superior to the original human organs that we are born with. The financial cost is another major factor (more on this next week).

Next time, we’ll take a look at the growing black market organ trade. How is this still happening when we can make organs instead of stealing them?

Danger Zone One. Story by Midnight. Art by Salaiix.