The Federation of American Scientists’ Digital Human project is laying the groundwork for designing artificial organs of all types – check out this excerpt:

Artificial Organs and Prostheses

Computer models are already being used to design artificial hips, hearing aids, prostheses and other devices fitted precisely to the requirements of individual patients. The Digital Human will provide a reference model that would increase the accuracy and validity of these designs, as well as speeding the development of a much wider variety of devices. By combining a vast amount of measured information into a single model, the Digital Human simulations would provide a powerful tool for learning how to mimic the operation of human organs – whether the heart, or kidneys, or the ear. They would also help ensure an accurate interface between artificial organs and the environment in which they will function (including their performance under extreme conditions that would be otherwise difficult to test).

Read the project summary:

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