Ever since organ transplants first occurred in the 1950s there's been a supply shortage which currently results in around 20 deaths per day just in the United States. Even if you're lucky enough to receive a transplant there's no guarantee that your body will accept the donation which means a lifetime of anti-rejection medication. However researchers are working on technology to enable organs to be printed on-demand using cells from the transplant recipient.
Rice University Organ Research & Video: https://news.rice.edu/2019/05/02/organ-bioprinting-gets-a-breath-of-fresh-air-2/
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