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A common machine is behind a new process that could potentially lead to the creation of replacement artificial livers, kidneys and other essential human organs. You’ve seen it before at fairs, festivals and even birthday parties: It’s the cotton candy machine. When scientist Leon Bellan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University, got more »
They say bacon is not good for the heart. In Heidelberg, Germany, that is changing. Our porky little friends are being used to produce scaffolds for refreshed hearts infused with human stem cells. This results in transplantable hearts for those that can’t wait for donor human hearts. The first step more »
Thanks to startling new research on immune cells in salamanders, medical science may be able to help humans one day regrow their limbs and regenerate their organs.
Researchers have succeeded in building a functioning kidney built from newborn rat cells.
And it’s being called is a major step towards personalized transplant organs for humans.
An overview of the progress made in medical research around growing new organs and body parts.
Scientists at Tufts University have found a way to cause tadpoles to grow eyes outside of the head area, suggesting organs can be made to grow by changing impulses in bioelectric current in cells.
The following is a short excerpt from David Brin’s brilliant essay, “Do We Really Want Immortality?” A number of eminent writers like Robert Heinlein, Greg Bear, Kim Stanley Robinson and Gregory Benford have speculated on possible consequences, should Mister G. Reaper ever be forced to hang up his scythe and more »
Pigs could be used to grow human organs used for transplant. Stem cells from a human recipient can be implanted to an animal which would then grow the organ. Pigs anatomy is similar to human anatomy. Basically the internal cavity of the pig is very similar to that of a more »
Can we regenerate organs? Yes, according to Anthony Atala, W.H. Boyce Professor and Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and Chair of the Department of Urology at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina. Smart biomaterials helps the body regenerate new parts. But only more »