To reduce the incidence of organ rejection in transplant patients, some doctors will create “ghost hearts.” The idea is to flush all the cells from an organ, leaving nothing but a pale, white matrix of collagen and other structural proteins, in the shape of the organ.
After this, the donor organ is repopulated with stem cells from the patient, and transplanted into the patient. This makes complication from infection and rejection much less likely, even when the organ is a xenograft, or from a different species. [x]
Nothingness! To accept the great nothingness of life seemed to be the one end of living. All the many busy and important little things that make up the grand sum-total of nothingness!D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)