A wetware hacker is a name given to a person who uses live organisms, tissues, and combines them with informatics and technology.
hackers can prepare newer forms of useful biological or technological designs,
which can be used either for the body or become useful in devising new devices,
or making existing ones more useful.
of the most common successes that wetware hackers have had is in the domain of
cosmetology or plastic surgery. They have been able to match tissue from other
parts of the body, and with the help of computer simulated images, they have
been able to reconstruct faces and limbs, thus restoring a certain amount of
normalcy to the individual concern.
today is a multibillion dollar industry, thanks to these wet hackers, who found
that tissue matching helped in grafting tissues from the same person and
putting it elsewhere. More
significantly, this method led to an unexpected bonus. In tissue
matching, it was found that some individuals, most probably an outsider, could
donate tissues or organs to another to help them live a better life.
transplant of corneas from dead patients is perhaps one of the best examples of
wetware hacker. In recent times, the harvesting of organs from the dead bodies “within
the golden hours” has led to the establishment of organ banks from where
kidneys, corneas, liver, etc., have been successfully transplanted to those who
need them most. Tissue typing or matching helped these organ harvesting and
is believed, and scientifically proven that tissues can be matched with another
tissue from another person, even though they may have no other connection, such
as genetic code matches, which could still help the auto immune system of the
recipient body to accept the ‘outsider’ tissue within itself.
this concept of wet hackers caught on, it was only a matter of time of trial
and error which brought forth the how and why of tissue rejection or acceptance
took place. Once the negative traits of tissue matching came through,
experiments on the rejections brought forward drugs that
helped the tissue cultures to merge with each other, thus reducing the chances
of rejection. It is not as yet failsafe. Yet, with research continuing, there
is light at the end of the tunnel.