A video of organs created in the lab offers some hope for the transplantation field.
Late last month, news agencies reported that a malpractice suit had been filed in the case of a young man who died after receiving a kidney transplant from a woman later diagnosed with uterine cancer.
The sad irony is that kidneys are one of the most common types of transplants — so if we cannot guarantee their safety, that’s a big problem. As Anthony Atala of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine pointed out at last year’s TEDMED conference, in 1954 the kidney became first organ transplanted in humans. In this clip he runs through the tissue-engineering solutions that could radically change medicine. The video shows, for example, an engineered heart valve and a bioreactor exercising muscle tissue for transplantation.
Stay tuned for more TEDMED talks as we gear up for the 2010 meeting.