Currently an automation validation engineer with Panacea Technologies, Jake Newberger also has experience as a home automation installer and programmer. Jacob Newberger graduated from Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and was recognized for his autonomous system navigation and driver augmentation project. Still interested in mechanical issues, Jake Newberger enjoys learning about advances in automation, robotics, and transplant surgery.
Since a kidney from one living twin was transplanted into an identical twin brother in 1954, living donor transplantation has become more common for organs like the kidney, liver, intestine, and even the heart under special circumstances. Because the liver can regenerate to an extent after the transplant, it is one of the most commonly performed operations. In fact, a recent study from the University of Pennsylvania showed that patients who receive organs, specifically the liver, from living donors are more likely to live longer than those who receive organs from deceased donors: 83 percent of living donation patients survive at least three years, compared to 78 percent of recipients of organs from deceased donors. Other contributing factors included the experience of the hospital performing the liver transplant as well as the reason for the transplant. Patients with autoimmune hepatitis and cholestatic liver disease benefited the most.