Advantage and Disadvantage of Tissue Engineering
Tissue engineering is an emerging technology that is intended to improve or to replace biological functions.
Tissue engineering uses a combination of cells, materials, engineering methods and the appropriate biochemical factors to improve biological functions or to replace them altogether. The coverage is very broad in the assortment of applications in the medical science fields. It can be used to replace a part of an organ or to completely replace the organ or the biological system and it is often associated with “regenerative medicine”.
Advantage of Tissue Engineering
Engineering tissues is potential in helping and aiding a person conquers a disease or illness that it may even be able to cure extreme and mild arthritis in patients. It also has the capability to prolong our lives and making our quality of lives much better. With tissue engineering, burn victims will greatly benefit from the procedure because it helps to regenerate burned skin. The engineered skin will be an artificial but is equivalent to the living skin we have.
Currently, scientists are still trying to engineer a working lung. Although, we do not yet have the technology but sooner or later it will come to that point. One day, the ability to engineer whole organs will surely save thousands of lives per year. Through tissue engineering, there won’t be any long list for organ transplants. We still have a long way to achieve this but surely we will come to that point. One
day, we will realize these goals.
Cons of Tissue Engineering
Although the cons of tissue engineering are fewer than the pros, but still they are present in the continuance to improve and innovate the process of tissue engineering. There are two main cons in Tissue Engineering that are often discussed. The first one is the possible presence of latent or hidden diseases or illnesses in the base tissue that can be harmful or could lead to a more potential destruction. This is something that the scientists are working very hard to prevent from happening. However, latent diseases are very hard to detect with the current technology we have now. The second con will have to be the ethical issues. Those who have problems with tissue engineering are discussing the ethical issues and we are hoping that this will not affect and slow down the study of tissue engineering.
In the near future, we might be able to perfect the process that there won’t be any more cons.
1. Pros and Cons of Tissue Engineering by Lashan Clarke http://www.healthguideinfo.com