The rapid development of science and technology today is bringing with it bold, controversial ideas... and sometimes weird discoveries and experiments. On the Fringe explores the out-of-the-box ideas that might make us cringe today, but could become the norm tomorrow. These ideas are so crazy they just might change the world.
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In a lab in Arizona, dozens of bodies sit preserved at 320 degrees below zero. They each paid $200,000 to be frozen on the hope that, one day, medicine will advance far enough to once again bring them back from the dead. While many may scoff at the idea, supporters feel taking a bet on a long shot is better than the alternative.
Twenty people die every day in the U.S. waiting for an organ transplant. There aren’t enough organs for the 100,000 people waiting for one. And there likely never will be… unless we can find a better way to source them. Enter: the pigs. A team of scientists has figured out how to grow human organs in pigs. It might make you feel weird. But it also might save countless lives.
The flu is a really tough target. The virus evolves far too fast to really pin it down. If only they could slow it down. That seemed pretty much impossible until two researchers had a breakthrough that involved the mucus of cancer patients. And what they found could fundamentally change our perception of not only the flu, but evolution itself.
Yale researcher Ben Chan spends a lot of time doing what most people would avoid at all costs. He travels the world collecting sewage samples. And he’s found that there are things hiding in our sewers. And not just clown or mutant turtles: potentially life-saving cures for antibiotic-resistant infections.