Building Replacement Body Parts

News — By on September 7, 2011 at 3:36 am

It won’t be long before surgeons routinely install replacement body parts created in the laboratory.

At the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, human cells are being used to grow muscles, blood vessels, skin and a complete urinary bladder. Much of the work is experimental, but laboratory-grown bladders have been implanted into more than two dozen children and young adults born with defective bladders that don’t empty properly, a condition that can cause kidney damage. The bladders were the first lab-generated human organs implanted in people.

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