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Desiree Boyd
Gwozdz
English 11B
6 June 2014
Biologically Enhancing Artificial Body Parts and their Future Potential
When the bodys fragile system begins to fail like a specifically programmed machine, a
clock begins to tick every second away that could lead to the inevitable. The human anatomy is
an imperfect system with the need for vital organs and appendages to carry out life. Because of
the flaws in design, organ failure, diseases, and even traumatic accidents can wreak havoc upon
the body. Bio-medical researchers have begun growing artificial body parts that are functional
when placed in living organisms: humans. To better the general health of humans artificial body
parts should be incorporated into medical practice by reducing the need for prosthetic limbs,
decreasing the number of people on the organ donor wait-list, and becoming a true part of the
bodys functioning system. Artificial body parts can replace what was lost.
Imagine this; a soldier diligently risks his or her mortal life for the sake of their country
and in the process loses a leg. This war hero will never be able to feel the joyous ability of
walking on two legs again. Instead, he or she will have to suffice with a prosthetic limb in order
to walk. Comparatively, victims of fire accidents who have been affected by destructive flames
will also have to make do with prosthetics or fake parts such as eyes or ears. Biologically
enhancing artificial body parts can replace what was lost to those who were affected by tragedy.
To further emphasize, people make poor decisions when it comes to their physical health.
Organ failure can often occur due to smoking, drinking alcohol, and in substance abuse. Vital
organs such as lungs, livers, and kidneys are all affected by theses arbitrations. Because of the
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need for vital organs in the fragile body, people sit on the edge of death waiting for the organ
donor list to reach them in hopes of sparing their life. Biologically enhancing artificial body parts
could potentially shorten the organ donor wait-list to keep more people from reaching their fate
(Naik). Not only are scientists able to replace failed organs, but they also have the power to
program the tissue cells to repair themselves at a rapid rate or even grow part of an organ.
Currently, there are bio-medical scientists earnestly working on developing an artificial pancreas
which could immeasurably assist in the treatment of diabetes (Halley).
When an alien body part is transplanted into a person, they are required to take daily
medication in order to prevent the body from seeing the part as an invader. Could the body reject
a transplanted artificially grown organ? This is not the case with artificial organs. Scientists are
able to create molds for organs that are then fabricated with the cells of the recipient. Along with
that, scientists take a donor organ, strip it of its cells, and reseed it with the DNA of the patient
receiving the organ (Fountain). Because the artificial organs have the DNA of the patient in
need, the body sees it as a part of the whole system. This being said, the body will not reject any
biologically enhancing artificial body parts.
Biologically enhancing artificial body parts are a solution to a number of medical
problems that happen in numerous lives. Artificial body parts give back to the war veterans who
suffer from their service, they reduce the length of the forever growing organ donor wait-list, and
they are a safe replacement for the body parts that have failed previously. With these biological
advancements in bio-medical research, people will live longer and suffer less. However, it is
necessary to remember that having an artificial body is a choice.


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Works Cited
Fountain, Henry. "A First: Organs Tailor-Made With Bodys Own Cells." New York Times [New
York City] 15 Sept. 2012: Print.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/health/research/scientists-make-progress-in-tailor-
made-organs.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0>
Halley, Drew. "Growing Organs in the Lab." Singularity Hub. SingularityHUB, 8 June 2008.
Web. 03 June 2014. <http://singularityhub.com/2009/06/08/growing-organs-in-the-lab/>
Naik, Gautum. "Science Fiction Comes Alive as Researchers Grow Organs in Lab." The Wall
Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, 22 Mar. 2013. Web. 04 June 2014.
<http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB100014241278873236997045783282513351966
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