9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 9 months 8 hours ago) and read 822 times:
For the first time, a patient's bladder has been mostly replaced with tissue grown in a laboratory oven from their own cells.
Sixteen-year-old Kaitlyne McNamara from Connecticut is at the centre of the breakthrough. Previously, scientists have only managed to grow simpler tissues like skin, bone and cartilage before transplanting them into humans.
Kaitlyne said: "I feel like I do have a body part that was grown, but it's my own body part." Mother Tracy McNamara said: "It's mind blowing. It's science fiction at its best."
Ok that's it! I want a second bladder so I don't have to get out of bed during the night, when I'm at the cinema half way through a film or on a long car journey! Just think of the possibilities!
SmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1640 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 7 hours ago) and read 810 times:
A few years ago (the late 1990s), scientists actually grew a human ear on the back of a mouse! I can't remember where that was done, or who did it, but I vividly remember the photo of a lab mouse with a full-size human ear on its back.
I wonder if people without ears (like me) will someday be able to have ears grown in vitro and put on them?
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