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Sep 13, 2012

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Advances in regenerative medicine may let patients grow own transplants

A few years ago, Dr. Anthony Atala’s lab at Wake Forest University got good at making ears. They were growing new ears on a scaffold using patient's cells, because so many soldiers were losing their ears in explosions. Now the Department of Defense has a project that’s closer to Atala’s heart: making new genitals for soldiers who have stepped on bombs.
Other labs are still moving forward with the ear project for the military. But Atala has special expertise dating back to his days as a pediatric urologist. He’s already grown bladders using a patient’s own cells, and he’s made penises that rabbits were able to put to their proper use, fathering litters of new little bunnies. He hopes to use this expertise to help rebuild the bodies of veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as men and boys injured in car accidents.

Spray-on skinOne area of intense competition – or collaboration – is in spraying on new skin. AFIRM is funding several projects testing a product that uses a patient’s own skin cells, so that rejection is not an issue. Old-fashioned skin grafts may close a wound or a burn, but they don’t heal prettily. ReCell is a product, more of a process really, that uses a small plug of a patient’s own skin, broken down into a soup using enzymes. Cells known as keratinocytes, which give skin its structure, and the melanocytes, which give color, are pulled out, mixed into a liquid suspension and then sprayed over the damaged area.

It’s a thin layer but the cells quickly multiply and, if the process is done right, form an even layer of new skin within days. The result is much more natural-looking than a graft.

Skin is easier to heal because it’s a relatively simple organ and on the surface of the body. Limbs are more complicated – they are made up of bone, muscle, nerves, connective tissue and also skin.

Wow! Crazy and s-weet!  But will it only apply to the injured or wounded or can others just "upgrade" their parts?  And can you order extra parts so that the next time your significant other yells: "Honey, could you give me a hand?" You can confidently yell back "Sure... catch!"
Good for modern-medicine!!


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Scorned Husband in Jealous Spray

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A FURIOUS husband has taken public revenge on his wife's admirer in an unlikely place -- his rival's garage door.
A Reddit user with the screen name igotskraped posted a photo of a garage attached to a house in Illinois, tagged with a very clear message in red spray paint: "Don't e-mail my wife!!!!"
The scorned spouse added on the smaller side entrance: "Stop now".
The images were shared a month ago. There has been no update on this very public love triangle.

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