posted on Mar, 3 2003 @ 11:08 AM
My call on the story is that it would be the work of a psychopath and not an "underground trade in organs." Organ transplants are difficult and
risky and you have to have a whole chain of history on where they came from and do extensive tissue matching.
So you wouldn't go harvest just ANY body. It has to be a body with a specific match for someone on a list.
29, no, it's not possible to stay alive forever by switching out organs. One thing you may not know (but I know because my boss had a heart
transplant) is that transplantees live on a virtual cocktail of drugs. Their meds have to be readjusted every so often, and it's extremely expensive
to live on those things.
BladeRunner -- no, tissue buildup of carbon dioxide is not what causes aging. If it was that simple, we'd have known about it already. You may be
thinking of "free radicals" (which are not CO2), which can be addressed to some degree by taking antioxidants. Vitamin E is a very good one, though
there is no strong evidence on how much it increases your life.