One of the topics that interests me the most in science is regenerative medicine. Basically taking a patient’s own cells and creating an organ out of that material for transplant. An ideal situation for any transplant patient.
From what I understand anti-rejection medications are not fun to take at all. Sure you live longer with a new organ, which is great, but the side-effects of these meds are difficult to live with. Having a transplanted organ made from one’s own cells removes the need for anti-rejection medication because the new organ is not made of foreign cells. The immune system won’t attack it.
Here is a video from TED with Dr. Anthony Atala that describes where we are today in the realm of regenerative medicine.
I really hope that this becomes a reality within the next couple of decades. Or at least before I need that new heart.