In news that is so weird, you almost won’t believe it, a Russian man has volunteered to be the victim for the world’s first head transplant, which two doctors want to perform early next year. Valery Spiridonov—a 31-year-old Russian man who operates an educational software company out of his home in the small city of…
Many Americans may not be ready yet for transhumanist body implants, but a recent study at UC Berkeley promises that future may be one step closer regardless.
Nine women in Sweden have successfully undergone transplant surgery that saw them receive donor wombs from their relatives.
It's turning into quite a year for HIV treatment. First a baby girl was functionally cured of the HIV virus, then 14 adults were successfully treated with early-stage ARV drugs. Now, two men with longstanding HIV infections have been freed from HIV drugs thanks to bone marrow transplants. We're really getting there.
For the first time ever, a whole lab-grown kidney has been successfully transplanted into a rat, where it allowed the creature to process urine like a really kidney would—and it could someday save your life.
Liver transplantation has become a victim of its own success with far more recipients registered to waiting lists—roughly 30,000 in the US and Europe—than there are available donor organs. What's more, a staggering 2,000 viable livers must be discarded annually because they didn't survive the journey from donor to…
Normally, cutting yourself on a sharp object isn't a cause for celebration. But these adhesive bandages add a bright side to your blood and pain. You can mail in your blood sample and have yourself added to the Bone Marrow Registry — and perhaps save someone's life.
This morning, Facebook announced that it's making organ donation social. From today, you'll be able to declare that you're an organ donor on your timeline—something that Zuckerberg hopes will drive more people to sign up to donate.
When Ray Fearing received a kidney from his sister, Cera, after a long battle with a disease which forms scar tissue on the kidney, he was extremely relieved. Sadly, his condition worsened and the doctors had no choice but to remove the kidney—but it went on to find itself inside a third patient.
It's gross, but fecal transplant can save lives. A Nova Scotia man living in Cape Breton Island, Canada, read about it and decided to stop an intestinal bacterial infection doing the fecal transplant himself—using feces from his cousin.
Some medical treatments often go unspoken about because they're icky. But here's one you should know of: fecal transplants. Because while having someone else's excrement put inside your body does sound gross, it's a process that's saving lives.
Some may see despair when they look upon a double amputee in a wheelchair, but Spanish surgeon Pedro Cavadas saw an opportunity.
For the first time in history, a patient has been implanted with a synthetic windpipe that was created using the patient's stem cells and a replica of his original windpipe. It's amazing even though it kinda looks like PVC piping
The video above is jarring and very graphic, showing two hearts pumping at once. It's also beautiful because without that extra heart, a man wouldn't be alive. Tyson Smith, the man whose hearts are shown above, went through a rare surgery that's called a heterotopic heart transplant. In the surgery, doctors add…
Yesterday, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill that will make California the first state in the nation to create a live donor registry for kidney transplants.
There have been lots of Steve Jobs sightings at Apple last week, but it's finally official that he's back at work.
The surgical world is abuzz today with news that a team has successfully given a woman a new trachea grown from her own stem cells. For others with damaged windpipes, it promises a future of transplants free from immune-suppressing drugs. Meanwhile, researchers are working on growing other tailor-made body parts from…
This woman has lost her head. Well, to be accurate, her head has lost her body and she is in desperate need of a new one. Real scientists have enjoyed only limited success in performing head transplants on dogs and monkeys, but fortunately she doesn’t live in the real world. She's in the scifi universe, where she can…
Darren Lynn Bousman's Repo! The Genetic Opera is one of the two organ repossession movies coming out this year, and now it's gone viral with a creepy-looking donation poster (jump below see it) urging you to give until it hurts. This "Warnerian-Rocky Horror-meets-Bladerunner musical" takes place in a future where…