The human body is a remarkable piece of machinery. However, despite hundreds of thousands of years of evolutionary progress, it still possesses many distinct flaws. Fortunately for you, scientists of our generation are expected to make leaps and bounds in the field of medicine, which will not only prolong your life, but improve the quality too.
One of the technologies expected to be developed within the next decade or so is the ability to mass produce organs. Organs (with the obvious exclusion of the brain) are fairly simply systems of valves, pipework and a whole lot of muscle. All of these components are startlingly easy to manufacture, but building a functionally complete organ is no easy task. However, with the advent of 3D printing, it has become easier than ever before to build perfectly formed organs. In fact, it’s being done right now; it’s simply in the process of being refined into a marketable product.
What’s more, breakthroughs in the field of genetics have led to the possibility of manipulating genetics-based diseases, most notably cancer. This applies to organ manufacturing. A major cause of the rejection of an organ transplant is the body’s immune system recognizes the organ as foreign genetics (as organs typically come from donors in this day and age). Building organs genetically identical to the host would virtually eliminate this problem all together.
A major concern for the upcoming few decades is the cataloguing of genetic material. If you get your genetics surveyed presently, you are not the sole legal owner of that information. The terrifying reality is that if a third party- say, your insurance company- were to become privy to this information, they would be able to adjust your rate accordingly to what defects and vulnerabilities you have, a privacy violation nightmare the likes of which no one has yet to experience.
In spite of this concern however, the future is a bright one. These technologies are only a mere sampling of what is to come- simply look at how much medicine has progressed in the last thirty years alone to see how much we have to gain. We are going to live longer, healthier and most importantly, happier than those who preceded us.