Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Future Shock 2

There is a woman walking around with an artificial organ grown from
her own stem cells:

True, it is a very simple organ, and they needed the tissues of a
donor organ to make it work, but I have no trouble believing that the
technique, once demonstrated, will be rapidly improved and expanded.
Expect more and more reports like this in the next few years.

Also, expect health care costs to continue to rise. Sooner or later
people will start to see lab-grown replacement organs, and the
associated replacement surgeries, as a 'right'. I predict that the
Baby Boom generation will go through about a dozen replacement organs
per person before they die, and taxpayers will be expected to provide

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