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Organ Regeneration Now A Reality

Wed Apr 05, 2006 3:47 am

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! Big grin
 
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RE: Organ Regeneration Now A Reality

Wed Apr 05, 2006 4:24 am

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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RE: Organ Regeneration Now A Reality

Wed Apr 05, 2006 4:28 am

Quoting 9VSPO (Thread starter):
Ok that's it! I want a second bladder

Imagine all the beer that could be consumed without getting off your stool to "empty" out? Gkirk, are you hearing this!! ?  Wink

Seriously though, my organ regenerates itself about 5 times a night or whenever Mrs. YooYoo requires  Wink
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RE: Organ Regeneration Now A Reality

Wed Apr 05, 2006 4:41 am

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 2):
5 times a night

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RE: Organ Regeneration Now A Reality

Wed Apr 05, 2006 4:53 am

I've been told that a mans organ will achieve an erection approx. 5 times per night.

Please don't confuse the above number with my ability to become aroused and ability to perform. That number, my friend is different.  Wink I don't need a heart attack.
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RE: Organ Regeneration Now A Reality

Wed Apr 05, 2006 5:01 am

I wonder if a new knee would be possible? Big grin

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RE: Organ Regeneration Now A Reality

Wed Apr 05, 2006 7:00 am

Quoting EWS (Reply 5):
I wonder if a new knee would be possible

doubt it.  Wink

maybe the ACL?
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RE: Organ Regeneration Now A Reality

Wed Apr 05, 2006 7:09 am

Interesting. If they are able to do this with pancreatic cells, this will be an even bigger breakthrough.

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RE: Organ Regeneration Now A Reality

Wed Apr 05, 2006 7:35 am

Bravo, bravissimo! No worry about rejection, either!

Don't forget, this was done without the use of embryonic stem cells.  stirthepot 
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