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Scientists from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine have successfully implanted human patients with laboratory-grown vaginas. Four teenage girls born with the rare genetic condition Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome were fitted with sex organs grown from their own cells that were cultured into tissues.
"This pilot study is the first to demonstrate that vaginal organs can be constructed in the lab and used successfully in humans," said Anthony Atala, M.D, director of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine, via Medical Xpress. "This may represent a new option for patients who require vaginal reconstructive surgeries. In addition, this study is one more example of how regenerative medicine strategies can be applied to a variety of tissues and organs."
Since the organs are grown from the patients' own cells...this is pretty huge.
Replacement organs, limbs. Wow.edit on 4/11/2014 by Phage because: (no reason given)