transplants

Interesting speculation.

Feminists, get ready: pregnancy and abortion are about to be disrupted

Hold onto your ovaries folks, womb transplants are here. Ten UK women have been approved for the procedure, and babies born from donated uteruses could crawl among us as early as next year.

Leaving aside the ethical considerations of womb transplantation, our ability to gestate humans in novel locations is developing so quickly that it’s worth looking ahead to the next development: artificial wombs, or ectogenesis.  

What would it mean for the uterus – and therefore, the biological necessity of women’s reproductive labour – if it were to become obsolete?

Unlike other contested biotechnologies like human cloning, the demand for surrogacy speaks to a natural community of probable supporters for ectogenesis.

FUN FACT:

Receiving a bone marrow transplant can change your blood type.

FOR EXAMPLE,

If your blood type is AB-positive (lucky you, you’re a universal blood recipient) and you are in need of a bone marrow transplant, they would match you with a donor who is A, B, AB-positive.  

Basically, here’s why:

If you don’t understand this, you can refer to an earlier post I made in regards to the importance of A, B, O, and Rh if you’re curious.  click here!

The old marrow, your marrow, is to be killed off, and then the new marrow replaces it.  The hospital finally finds a perfect match for you, but the donor was A-positive. Your new bone marrow will produce the same cells as it did in it’s original human, making you now A-positive.  Sadly, you’re no longer a universal recipient, but you live another day. 

If you’re interested in the Bone Marrow Transplant procedure, click here!

This baboon with a pig heart could save your life

A pig heart has been beating away in the body of a  baboon for 945 days — and it could be the key to saving human lives with animal parts. Xenotransplantation, the process of transferring an organ from one species to another, is nothing new. But thanks to a regime of immunosuppressive therapy drugs, five genetically modified pig hearts put into different baboons stayed alive. It’s exciting, but potentially dangerous.

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