Breakthroughs in medical science always get me excited. Some french researchers have developed an artificial heart that beats just like the same thing.
This can potentially mean alot to many hopeful patients who are looking for heart transplants.
The team, led by Dr Alain Carpentier, a renowned French heart surgeon,
presented a prototype of the artificial heart during a press conference
Monday in Paris. Carpentier has been working on this project for the
past 15 years.
According to ABC.com:
"This new total artificial heart is a first, because it is made of
biosynthetic tissues," Patrick Coulombier, deputy managing director of
Carmat, the biomedical company that developed the heart, told
ABCnews.com. These materials, made from animal tissue, are less likely
to be rejected by the human body.
"The risks of blood clots are limited with this new artificial heart
because of the use of biosynthetic tissues," Coulombier explained.
These tissues were first invented by Carpentier more than 30 years ago
for cardiac valve prostheses, which are sold today all around the world
and are made from animal tissues chemically treated to prevent human
immune systems from rejecting the heart.
Wired has published a very nice feature on Kip Thorne and the science behind Chris Nolan's Interstellar. Kip Thorne is one of the world's most celebrated theoretical physicists. He and Nolan worked together to ensure depictions of scientific happenings in the film are as accurate as possible. Read more