3D printing to make spare parts for bodies
The medical technology of bioprinting, artificially creating human organs and body parts, is racing ahead. How long could it be before we can replace any part of our bodies?
Britain celebrates first hand transplant
A pub landlord who lost the use of his right hand has had it cut off and replaced by another. The procedure was a historic success – but operations like this could soon be obsolete.
One organ sold every hour in illegal trade
Investigators from the World Health Organisation have uncovered a huge black market in human organs. Most are kidneys, sold to criminals by poor and desperate people in the developing world.
Spare liver, anyone? No longer an absurd question
The developing ability of scientists to grow human organs in the lab is leading many experts to predict a new age of unlimited replacement items for the human body.