Anthony Atala and colleagues at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine are busy making replacement parts. Their study “Tissue-engineered autologous vaginal organs in patients: a pilot cohort study” in The Lancet, published this year, tells of the distaff part of the story. A report in The Guardian tells of their efforts to build masculinature: “The lab-grown penis: approaching […]
Four-headed worms, six-legged frogs, and other new fauna
“We have four-headed worms, six-legged frogs, and many other unusual creatures here as part of our work on bioelectricity and organ regeneration.” Biologist Michael Levin said that. Charles Choi explains, in an article in LiveScience under the headline “Mutant tadpoles sprout eyeballs on their tails“. BONUS: “What the Frog’s Eye Tells the Frog’s Brain” BONUS: “Two legs, […]
Ear prints: His printer prints ears. It excretes ears.
“I’m Dr. Bonassar, and my lab makes.. ears.” So begins this tiny documentary from Cornell University. His lab makes components of ears, with living parts, so he says: (Thanks to investigator Norm Trigoboff for bringing this to our attention.)
Annals of optimism: Sharpe’s teeth
Another scientific breakthrough seen likely to improve lives almost immediately: This one is reported in The Guardian, under the headline “Grow-your-own to replace false teeth“: “Tests have shown the technique to work in mice, where new teeth took weeks to grow. There’s no reason why it shouldn’t work in humans, the principles are the same,” […]