Organ transplants are an invaluable way of saving people's lives when their own organs fail, but organ shortages, waiting lists, and the powerful drugs required to help recipients' bodies accept their new parts are just some of the difficulties with existing transplant processes.

But what if there were another way of replacing organs, one that was less reliant on sourcing whole, living organs from other people's bodies?

Scientists in the US have made progress towards creating bioengineered human hearts in the lab, by regenerating a functional human heart muscle. In this case, the procedure still requires using a donated organ, but one that's fused with cells from the recipient.

The technique involves repopulating a decellularised organ – stripped of the original donor's living cells with new cardiac tissue grown from the potential recipient's induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). In effect, the donor heart is stripped of the components that would trigger an immune response from the recipient, and is replaced with the recipients' own cardiac muscle cells.

The studies are still going on to make it better & It would change the lives of people living with severe heart disease. surely it would be a "Miracle for a new life".

Published by Ridhdhesh Jivawala