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Modern Medical Technology

Curious about lasers, nanobots and bionic eyes? Learn how modern medical technologies are extending and improving the lives of humans.

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Can people get bone marrow transplants from baboons?

In the history of desperate time and desperate measures, you'll find Jeff Getty's story. After getting FDA approval and finding a willing doctor, Getty had a baboon bone marrow transplant in 1995. The results? A mixed bag of success and skepticism.


Programmable Hair Created With 3-D Printing Breakthrough

How can 3-D printing create innovative hair and fur? Learn more about 3-D printed hair in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Breakthrough in 3-D Bioprinting Gets Us Closer to Organ Donors Being Obsolete

Scientists have proven the feasibility of bio-printing living tissue. Learn more about the new development in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

This Sponge-filled Syringe Could Save Your Life

Tiny sponges that soak up blood was the big idea, and it works. Learn more about the XStat at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Tiny Needles With Big Benefits

Microneedles could improve vaccine delivery and make big needles a thing of the past. Learn more about microneedles at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Can humans regrow limbs?

Humans have regrown fingertips, but can we regrow whole limbs? Find out at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Can we use microbes to fight disease?

It's true that some microbes can wreak havoc on your body, but we can use good microbes to fight disease. Learn more on HowStuffWorks. See more »

Will we ever be able to transplant DNA?

We transplant DNA already in the form of blood transfusions and bone marrow transplants. But just DNA? Learn about DNA transplants at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Will we ever be able to transplant neurons?

Research proves that transplanted neurons can function like host neurons. Learn whether we will ever be able to transplant neurons at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Will nanobots perform surgery in the future?

Medical nanobots have been talked about for decades. Will these nanobots perform surgery on us in the future? Find out at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Will the Internet of Things change hospital technology?

If the Internet of Things does what it promises, hospital technology will change drastically. Learn about the Internet of Things and hospital technology. See more »