Synthetic tissues and Islamic bioethics fatwas

A recent Daily Anatomy’s Photo concerned products from synthetic medical product manufacturer SynDaver Labs:

SynDaver™ Labs manufactures the world’s most sophisticated synthetic human tissues and body parts. The SynDaver™ Synthetic Human bleeds, breathes, and employs hundreds of replaceable muscles, bones, organs, and vessels which are made from materials that mimic the mechanical, thermal, and physico-chemical properties of live tissue. This validated technology is used to replace live animals, cadavers, and human patients in medical device studies, clinical training, and surgical simulation.

Great resource for medical students! 🙂

Biomedical ethics is an increasingly popular and growing subfield within Islamic law. Medical students and researchers often ask for rulings related to using human cadavers and animals (living and dead). Many of the fatwas given are based on necessities and needs to preserve life, and the lack of viable alternatives. Some of these fatwas will need to be reexamined as alternatives fulfill (or exceed) the same purposes as the natural ones they mimic and become as readily available.