GROWING ORGANS

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Nov 2017 12:09:14


 

AS the adage ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ goes, Indian scientists are looking at the possibilities of growing human organs in a dish to overcome shortage of donors. Even though India is rated second most populous nation in the world and with a high mortality rate, it lags behind in the number of organ donors. On the one hand, there is a long list of patients needing heart, kidney, liver, eyes and transplantation of other organs, and on the other only a few people pledge to donate their organs. In order to bridge the vast gap between the demand and supply, the Department of Biotechnology has decided to give a big push to research in tissue engineering, aimed at creating human organs in a dish. Medical science has made a rapid progress in the recent past. Stem cell research of growing healthy cells has given a new hope of life to terminally ill patients, though it has also triggered ethical controversies. Growing human organs in a dish also holds a promise for those who are in dire need of body parts. But the path should be tread with utmost caution.


RIGHT DECISION


MR. LALU Prasad Yadav and his family members may fume and fret as “conspiracy” over the decision of the Central Government to withdraw his ‘Z +’ security, but the Government has taken the decision only after making a proper study of the need for such a security cover for a political leader. Mr. Yadav is not the only one whose security status has been reviewed and a decision to scale it down taken. There are several eminent personalities along with him whose security retinue has been reduced. They include even former Chief Justice of India T. S. Thakur, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Maulana Syed Ahmed Bukhari, to name only a few. Gun-wielding commando security retinue has become a status symbol for most people to flaunt their power in public but very rarely a genuine need for security cover. The Government provides such security cover after taking into account threat perceptions about a public figure. But people like Mr. Yadav think it as their right. Why should a public leader need a security cover?