Human Body Parts Grown In The Lab

This amazing science which is producing miracles is just another day at the lab for scientists.

Human body parts grown from human tissue can change the life of victim forever.

Laboratory grown genitals and spray on skin are just two organs which biotechnology has enabled engineers to create at Wake Forest University.

Atala is one of the pioneers of regenerative medicine. But the field has taken off in a big way, attracting biotechnology companies, the U.S. military and academic labs, which are working to literally make the blind see and the lame walk again. They’re perfecting spray-on skin and aim to mass-produce new body parts using bioprinters based on the jet printers attached to your home computer.

Although this technology is years away from the doctor’s office, there is hope on the horizon for many.

Atala’s lab is also working to make kidneys, muscle implants, and even to find ways to get fingers to regenerate on their own. (It has to do with waking up some very powerful DNA that goes to sleep soon after a fetus develops). AFIRM’s mission is to align labs like Atala’s with others around the country, getting them to collaborate on projects rather than compete. AFIRM currently funds around 50 research labs, including leaders such as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Rutgers University, the Cleveland Clinic and Rice University.

Too Big To Donate For Science?

Medical research has it’s limits and it seems to be about 170 pounds.

For those who want to donate their bodies to scientific research they and their loved ones need to be aware that there is a size limit.

It can be difficult for technicians to handle huge corpses, which have to be lifted and transferred frequently, often by slim technicians or students, said John Lee Powers, curator of anatomical materials at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. That program limits donors to between 170 pounds and 180 pounds, though an exceptionally tall donor might be allowed at 190.

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