Regenerating body parts
Will we ever be able to grow back missing organs?
Yes and no. Regenerating was first discovered in 1740, when Abraham Trembley discovered that “Hydra” – which is a green pond animal – could grow back its head if amputated. Thanks to Abraham’s discovery, scientists have been able to detect more animals that have that very same “superpower’” such as Starfish which could grow missing arms, and Flatworms that are capable of re-building their entire bodies from a single cell.
Although all of this sounds interesting, we are years and years away from being able to re-grow human organs, or even understanding how regeneration works. This is because regeneration is an extremely complicated process. However, I believe one day we‘ll be able to replace missing organs, maybe not today or tomorrow, but one day of course!
Genetic modification is another topic. It involves the manipulation of DNA and the transfer of genes in order to produce improved or novel organisms.
It was first performed in 1972 by professor and biochemist Paul Berg. It is a young yet nonetheless important discovery as it has the potential to aid in reducing the number of genetic diseases occurring.
Many see genetic modification as the future of diseases because it is easier to prevent a disease than it is to try and abort it.
The study of cryonics is also progressing. It is freezing of a human body (corpse) or brain in hopes that it can be revived in the future (something like the movie passengers).
It obviously isn’t 100% assured, yet it doesn’t seem like a terrible idea, even though I don’t see it coming to reality anytime soon, or ever actually.
This blog is a sneak peek into the current progression of medicine and how it might look in the future. We have a long way to go and this is just the beginning.