Bionic body parts are no longer exclusive to the realm of science fiction. With each passing year, researchers are finding new ways of replacing damaged organs with synthetic alternatives. Here are few of the most incredible artificial organs being researched today.
Artificial hearts have been around for a long time, with successful models dating back as far as the 1960’s. Even today, however, these organ replacements are only temporary, and are primarily meant to keep a patient alive while they await a transplant. But technological advancements are bringing permanent artificial replacements closer to reality. The AbioCor (above), a totally self-contained artificial heart, kept one patient alive for 514 days, while another device developed by a French transplant specialist is expected to be used as an alternative to heart transplants by 2013.