For many people, life on the organ transplant list is a death sentence. The numbers just don't add up. Right now, there are 75,421 active candidates on the wait list in the US. So far this year, there have been 10,869 organ donations. Many of the people on that wait list will die.
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Since at least the first time a man got on stage at a TED talk and 3D-printed a human kidney, the idea that one day we might simply grow new body parts to replace our old, out-of-service ones has existed in the collective consciousness as the pinnacle of biomedical achievement. But what if you didn't actually have to grow a whole new organ to save someone's life?
While space can destroy us in myriad ways, it's never been credited with making anything more adorable. That's all changed now thanks to an experiment in which researchers at Tufts University sent flatworms to the International Space Station (ISS). Microgravity seems to have impacted the creepy-crawlies in some seriously cute ways, even turning one worm into a double-headed, googly-eyed monster. Awww.