Inquiry #2 Proposal

Essential Question: What will one day be the advantages to using an artificial organ over a transplant organ?

 

Why I am interested: I have heard a bit on the news about people getting artificial organs and how it has helped them.  I was curious as to what the benefits of using this new technology would be and how it works.

 

Established Knowledge: I don’t really know much about artificial organs, that is why I would like to look more into it.  The only thing I really know about an artificial heart is that it lasts a lot longer than a cardiac pump.  Also, with mechanical implanted heart valves you are less likely to get infection than if you got a biological prosthetic valve.

 

Engaging: I want to see if I can find some academic journals on the subject.  With my first inquiry it was hard to find academic journals because it is a topic not commonly talked about. There seems to be many websites on the matter though, so I don’t think I will have problems finding information about artificial organs.  For my first inquiry, I had looked a bit into the history of cyborgs and where they originated from. I would like to do the same thing for my second inquiry. I feel that it gives a better understanding of the subject when you know the history of it and where it came from and what it was originally created for, it changes your perspective of it.



Original Post

Hi Haley,

Great inquiry question! I'd actually never heard about artificial organs before, so now I'm really curious to read what you find. I don't know much about this, but I'm guessing that one advantage artificial organs may have over regular organ transplants is that there is a high demand for organ transplants but not always enough donors, and having access to artificial organs might be able to solve that problem. I look forward to learning more about this topic!

In the meantime, here are some websites that you might find useful for your research:

https://futurism.com/artificia...transplants-obsolete

https://www.theactuary.com/fea...the-need-for-donors/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10280237

Good luck!

Hey Haley!

Great inquiry! Artificial vs donor organs are a very interesting subject, so I'm glad you have chosen this to be your topic for your new cycle. The first thing I thought of when I read your question was whether or not rejection is an issue with artificial organs. I know that with donor organs, having the recipient's body reject the 'foreign object' is an important issue. So, whether or not this is the case with artificial organs may help you answer your question.

Here are some sources that may be of use to you:
https://interestingengineering...es-of-being-rejected

https://www.theactuary.com/fea...the-need-for-donors/

Great job and good luck!

Hi Haley!

I really like where you are going with your new topic. I haven't heard much about artificial organs, so I believe it will be interesting to compare them with real transplant organs. In addition, it struck my mind how much detail and precision it would take to create an artificial organ. This is something you could look into! How long does it take to create an artificial organ and what is the process?

Here are some sources that could help you lead your research: 

https://futurism.com/artificia...transplants-obsolete 

https://singularityhub.com/200...g-organs-in-the-lab/

Good luck!

Hi Haley!
Great idea for your inquiry project! Being honest, I’ve never really given a topic like this much thought so reading this post really made me reflect on the possibilities. Perhaps when your doing your research, you could do a lot of comparaisons. For an example, you could compare artificial organs to organ transplants and the cloning of organs. You could also look into the costs of all this and what it could mean for the future. Here are some websites to help you :

https://mirm-pitt.net//our-res...d-artificial-organs/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/15157913/

Good luck!

Hey Haley,

Interesting topic! I think you will be able to find a lot of interesting and thought-provoking information on this topic. I myself have never really looked into or given much thought to artificial organs, so your information will be very interesting to read. If you are interested, you could also tie in a little information about prosthetics and their benefits, too. Most importantly, though, I think it is crucial that you review the dangers of artificial organs and how they can mess you up. Additionally, you could contrast receiving an artificial organ with a donated one and compare the risks and potential benefits.

Here are a couple of sites you may be able to use:
https://wellnesskeen.com/pros-...of-artificial-organs
https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-g...lant-staying-healthy
https://www.mayoclinic.org/tes...t/about/pac-20384777
https://futurism.com/artificia...transplants-obsolete

Good luck!
Joanna

Hi Haley, 

This is a great topic! I have little to no knowledge of artificial organs, so I feel like I will learn a lot from you! I found it interesting how you mentioned you are less likely to get an infection with a mechanical heart valve than a biological one. This doesn't surprise me, but I wonder what the other risks are. 

 Like Joanna said, I think it would be important to look at the dangers of artificial organs and how they can be harmful to a person. As well, I'm wondering how artificial organs are created. 

 Good luck with your project! 

Hey Haley,

Great round of research! Your topic definitely piqued my interest as I had never given it much thought. My opinion right off the bat is that looking at cost as a factor will be important, as well as complications. I don't know much about artificial organs and their complications, but for transplant organs, it's sometimes difficult because not all the donor organs accept the recipient, whereas artificial ones could likely be modified to suit the recipient. It may be interesting to see how immune disorders respond to having an artificial, implanted organ. Good luck!

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