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Professor Uses Artificial Organs to Make a Working Circulatory System

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Professor Uses Artificial Organs to Make a Working Circulatory System

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Six weeks into the build, Professor Seifalian fits the Bionic Man with a heart, lung, kidney, pancreas, spleen, trachea, and synthetic blood.

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How close is today's technology to catching up with the human body? Two roboticists are on a quest to find out. Follow their mission as they collect the most sophisticated prosthetic parts available and combine them into one single functioning body, complete with an artificial heart, microchip brain, synthetic lungs, kidneys, and even a spleen. Their incredible bionic man reveals just how far science has come and demonstrates where this technology is headed, all the while posing the eternal question of what it means to be human.

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  • Alexander Seifalian
  • Bertolt Meyer
  • Richard Walker
  • Alexander Seifalian

    Alexander Seifalian

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    Professor Alexander Seifalian and his colleagues at University College London invented a method of creating artificial organs. Using a patient's stem cells and a scaffolding made of a new kind of nanomaterial, he has been able to implant synthetic body parts, including the first ever synthetic trachea, tear duct, nose, ear and coronary artery bypass graft.

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