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We have been studying human anatomy and note that your species has two kidneys.
However, you seem perfectly able to function with just one.
For the cautious amongst you, we now offer the BorgCo kidney switch.
The Kidney Switch is installed by a laparoscopic microsurgical procedure in the renal
artery. It reduces blood flow to the chosen kidney to a "care and maintainance" level; the kidney is kept alive and healthy, but runs at minimal operational load, to prevent atrophy. Now and again, the kidney is automatically tested on full load.
Should the other kidney be compromised by injury or infection, the kidney switch is activated, and Viola ! Normal service is restored.
||/It reduces blood flow to the chosen kidney to a "care and maintainance" level/
||When this happens in real life, because the artery to the kidney gets stenotic, the kidney does not like it. Perceiving itself to be getting less than optimal blood, it takes measures to increase blood pressure in the entire body. This is called secondary hypertension and it can be a big deal.
||Relax, BorgCo have that one covered. It's all in the patent application.
||//BorgCo have that one covered.// Let me guess:
1) induce renal artery stenosis
2) malignant hypertension
3) intracerebral hemorrhage
5) harvest kidney
6) sell kidney for black-market transplant
||Hmm.. Not convinced by this one, although I am now thinking that you could possibly multiplex the two kidneys so that you use one at a time - but swap every 20 minutes or so...