It\’s always said to be generals that do that, but it appears that politicians do too.
At teh moment we\’re all arguing over presumed consent for the use of organs for transplant. Just as the first transgenic organs from pigs are about to hit the market and, just as doctors finally manage to do something useul with adult stem cells.
Surgeons replaced the damaged windpipe of Claudia Castillo, a 30-year-old mother of two, with one created from stem cells grown in a laboratory at Bristol University.
Because the new windpipe was made from cells taken from Ms Castillo\’s own body, using a process called "tissue engineering", she has not needed powerful drugs to prevent her body rejecting the organ.
Avoiding the use of these drugs means she will not be an increased risk of cancer and other diseases unlike other transplant patients – another significant advance.
Five months after the operation was carried out she is now living normally and is able to look after her children again.
Early days yet, they still need a donated organ to create the structure, but guive them a decade or two and there\’s a good possibility that this whole argument over transplnts will simply go away.