Organs to Go, Germs to Keep

17 Little Hearts & the
Wildlife in Your Fridge

While you were arguing about what will finally bring peace to the Middle East, science was busy creating things, discovering stuff, taking care of its business.
So it may be as good a time as any to find out about two radically different directions modern research is taking, both aiming loosely at improving your life twice fold.
We assure you, if these scientists succeed in their quest, you, and the tribes of Libya, and the refugees of Gaza, as well as the job seekers in Atlanta, and the immigrants from Mexico, and pretty much everyone else and their nieces, will have a lot to benefit.
The first time the heart of a human being was implanted into the chest of another was in 1967 in a breakthrough surgery conducted by Dr. Christiaan Barnard.
It may have been the most classic example of the surgery being a complete success, despite the patient dying a short while Continue reading

The Red Market

Trading or Self Expression:
The Body as a Battleground

Those who praise the virtues of poverty in the world today are of two kinds: either mystic, religious leaders, living on the premise that, never mind the way things are now, they’ll improve someday, even, or specially when, you’re dead.
Or they have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about.
Either way, it’s hard to fathom the horror the underground human organ market represents. And how it’s thriving, you bet, in the most miserably poor communities of the world.
As disease and self-indulgence wrecks havoc wealthy societies, demand for healthy organs has increased tenfold. Government-run public health systems, struggling with chronic lack of donors and staggering budget cuts, can’t provide transplants fast enough for those who need them the most.
Waiting lists put together by big city hospitals and medical Continue reading