Monday, September 5, 2011

Spare body parts could be grown in factories in years after scientists implant lab-produced organs in humans - 4th Sept 2011

Spare human parts grown in laboratories could be just years away after scientists discovered more than 20 ways of growing organs.

They have already grown the bladder, urethra and windpipe which have been implanted into patients during clinical trials.

Now scientists have set their sights on replicating more complicated organs, including the heart, kidneys, liver, pancreas and thymus.

The advances could extend life expectancy and cut waiting times for transplants.

The developments were detailed at a conference on 'rejuvenation technologies' at Cambridge University, reported the Sunday Times.

Organiser Aubrey de Gray explained: 'We are seeing the emergence of a new era of medicine where the diseases of aging can be blocked or even reversed. These therapies are mostly in research now but eventually they will be commonplace.'

One of the speakers, Professor Paolo Macchiarini, of the Karolinska institute in Sweden, told how he impanted a laboratory-grown windpipe into a man sticken by throat cancer. Read More