Today there are thousands of people in the world who have to live with the imperfect heart as well as the shortage of donor heart to survive. Creating a heart in the laboratory has been a dream for many medical personnel.
The latest news published in the journal Circulation Research mentions that the dream was one step closer to reality. One team of researchers managed to grow or create a human heart in a laboratory by utilizing stem cell alias stem cells.
The main problem in heart transplant, in addition to the lack of donors, is that there is a possibility that the recipient's body rejecting the new organ. Their immune systems would have thought foreign tissue as a threat, and attack and destroy them. The only way to stop this is to suppress the immune system with drugs.
Unfortunately, the only way to succeed in some cases. For the study, 73 human heart which are considered not suitable for transplantation is immersed in a solution.
Stem cells have the ability to become virtually any type of cell in the body, including the bones, nerves, and even the heart muscle. Stem cells are induced in such a way in the lab will grow to resemble real heart. After being given electric shocks, the heart could actually work.
"Among the next steps, we are looking to improve methods to produce heart cells better," said Jacques Guyette, biomedical researchers at the MGH Center of Regenerative Medicine, as quoted from iflscience, Tuesday (03/22/2016).
Although the study is good news for people who are waiting for a donor heart, we need to question again of human existence in the creation of the heart in the laboratory. Are we trying to oppose the existence of God?