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Surgeons carry out first synthetic windpipe transplant

By Archean
Jul 8, 2011
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    Scientists in London created an artificial windpipe which was then coated in stem cells from the patient. Crucially, the technique does not need a donor, and there is no risk of the organ being rejected.
     
  2. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    Wow, thats pretty good going :)
     
  3. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,533   +48

    I watched a news artical about this last night, It's very interesting stuff.

    There's obviously one big step on the road of "synthetic organ replacment" though: the brain. Once humans master the brain and its workings (which that could be a very long time) immortality could soon after be coming out of the science fiction section.

    I would bet it would come at a very steep price though...
     
  4. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    So Richard Branson would be OK then! :haha:
     
  5. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,533   +48

    Good old beardy Branson. He can afford anything: he has his own bloody island...now that is taking the biscuit. I suppose you gotta hand it to that guy for having done what he's done though.

    I wonder what he was drinking at the time when he thought of his company name? :suspiciou :D
     
  6. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 5,682   +86

    Ignoring the naming conventions, I reckon him to be a much better business brain when compared to SJ.

    I think they are more closer to replacing damaged organs, e.g. heart.
     
  7. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    Oh definitely. Every progress made in the name of science is a step closer to curing the incurable, and repairing of organs than otherwise cut some peoples lives short.
     
  8. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,533   +48

    I think i'm right in saying that they've managed to create heart valves using this process already.

    If fully functioning hearts could be made in the future, that would be a really big boost to medicine...especially with the death toll surrounding heart related illnesses.
     
  9. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 5,682   +86

    Yup, I think a heart is designed for something like 8 billion beats (+/- some) so having a new one, or even one whose valves have been 'recreated' would be a great news :)
     
  10. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    8 billion beats equals to about 250 years* worth of beating, so that's like a 128 bit Linux clock all over again ;) :haha:

    Of course, considering that all hearts beat in different paces, some beat more, some beat a lot less blablabla

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    (*on paper only!*)
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    I know I saw an article saying that there are only so-many parts left in our bodies which are non-man-manufacturable. Guess we can scratch another one. Good going I say :)
     
  11. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 5,682   +86

    250? Okay I must admit I c****** up pretty badly somehow .... :confused:

    Anyway here is one illustration (which seems more plausible) with average age assumption of 65 years:


    in 1 min = 72
    in 1 hour = 72 * 60 = 4320
    in 1 day = 72 * 60 *24 = 103680
    in 1 year = 72 * 60 * 24 * 365 = 37843200
    in Avg life span = 72 * 60 * 24 * 365 * 65 = 2459808000

    But I've observed that many people around the age of 60 end up having heart bypass surgery, so this number doesn't really mean much as long as the heart's 'condition' is good.
     
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Now the people with throat cancer from smoking can smoke some more!
     
  13. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    Yeah, and also; if a person's average health is good => the heart usually beats slower (stronger).

    And I should have mentioned that 250 years assumes that a heart is beating at ~61 BPM (personal reference...) at a more or less constant rate.
     
  14. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,533   +48

    This is wrong i'm afraid. There are 1,684800 missing beats in that equation: the correct number would be 2,461,492800.

    I'll give points for finding the flaw...
     
  15. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 5,682   +86

    Okay, have I missed leap year factor or what? :p
     
  16. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,533   +48

    You were so quick with finding the flaw that you have been spared any embarrassment, good Sir :D
     
  17. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 5,682   +86

    Ah, that is very kind of you :grinthumb

    But even then the calculations are bit off, I mean every passing day is slightly longer than the day before. It is hard to believe but the fact is once upon a time the day was only 18 hours long ;)
     
  18. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,533   +48

    Yes, that is indeed true.

    The Earth is slowing down, with most scientists blaming the tides and the moon in general pulling on the Earth's rotation. One day we may very well just stop all together...although maybe that's a long time yet. :D
     
  19. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 5,682   +86

    Not before sun runs out of fuel. Beside in about 1,800 mil years, earth will not be inhabitable anyway.
     
  20. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,533   +48

    One day, humans might leave this planet in search of a better home, but that's if we can get that far down the line without blowing ourselfs up of course.

    These humans might also be totaly composed of synthetic material with the rate this science is going :D
     
  21. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 5,682   +86

    Spot on :)

    By the way, I know you posted in this weekend's open forum. I just remember that what little spam I get once may be a month nowadays, is about penis enlargement. So probably they can benefit from this technology as well. :grinthumb
     
  22. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,533   +48

    :haha:

    You know, as far as i can remember i've never had any "Penis enlargement" spam mail (maybe that's saying something about me? :D)

    The future 'Synthetic penis'.....now that sounds scary for some reason. But then again if it helps any "inadequate" men, good for them i say.
     
  23. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 5,682   +86

    In the same way as some women feel that 'breast implants' are good for them ;)

    Or may be they are just waiting for the right time :p
     
  24. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,533   +48

    Hmmm...Yeah, best for me not to think about that then.

    I think you can actually see this going to the cosmetic market in the future...now that we've been talking about it. Hopefully not before the real medical market.

    Edit: Well, It is already in the real medical market, but you know what i mean ;)
     
  25. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 5,682   +86

    Or at least the 'medical treatment' side of it will have the priority.
     

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