An astonishment a day- 
drives your depression away...

We're all multimillionaires.

Heads up, your financial situation is not as bad as it seems. You can even ignore unemployment. The investigation conducted by American Physicians specialising in organ transplants allows a more optimistic outlook on the world. Even a body, ugly and obese can bring in millions, if it is treated appropriately. 

A shortened price list follows:

Bone marrow, $23 000 per gram (there is about 1 kg in the body, that's already a good sum) 23 M$
DNA, we have it in every cell, worth $1.3 million per gram, adding up to about 10 M$
Extracted antibodies are worth $7.3 million (but the cost of living in sterile conditions does offset this figure by quite a bit) 7,3 M$
Lungs - only $116 400 $ (x 2)  232.800 $
Kidney - only $91 400 $ (x 2) 182.800 $
Heart - only $57 000(x 1) 57.000 $
Eggs - $7000 each (pending on the productivity can add up some hundered of thousands of dollars) 1 M$ (?)
Sperm - only $80 per portion (to get any decent money, a good few years must be devoted to this) trifle


45 M$!

In this price list, the brain is not mentioned, but this is only temporary and tied up with technical difficulties, removal of unnecessary programming, and the uploading of new data. Of course organs need to be dealt with sensibly and in the correct order. For example the selling of a heart at the beginning may damage the chances for the rest of transactions. A lung, kidney or egg is a totally different matter. 
There is one more important aspect of the matter. Very soon declarations of the sort "you have my heart", or "I belong to you" may have a completed unexpected meaning and result. A visit from a 'medical collector' with a warrant to confiscate the heart, or other organs on behalf of the other party may be expected. Be careful with giving your heart away... 

But there is also a humanitarian side to this issue - even psychologically unbalanced people have a chance here. In essence, the bone marrow of a crazy man is worth as much as that of a Nobel Prize winner, and the DNA of a non-heritable infectious diseased man does not loose any value due to the disease. In one word 'live, don't dye', as popular wisdom says about life without financial problems.

And think, at the end of the previous century in biology books, they would refer to the human body is worth pennies - not even a dollar - a shovel of coal, a bucket of water, the amount of iron in a nail, sulphur in a box of matches, a couple of spoons of salt, some phosphorus, calcium as in a box of chalk and enough potasium for a couple of pot plants.. that's it. The most valuable would have to be the 14C radioactive carbon, if only it could be cleaned up enough. 
Technology has made a huge step forward, as far as the value of the human body is concerned. 



The profession of 'body collectore' was valued centuries ago. Here is an illustration from 1624. 

Practical instructions according to Galen.


(C) (selected from publications of 
 R. Antoszewski

Titirangi, Auckland, 
New Zeland

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