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SCI/TECH: UK Scientists Discover How To Produce Human Tissue "In Minutes" Rather Than Weeks

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posted on Oct, 17 2005 @ 08:44 AM
British scientists have discovered that if you remove the water content of the initial starting material you can grow tissue in as little as 35 minutes. The same tissue would take between 1 to 12 weeks to grow using existing methods. The breakthrough came about when scientist Professor Robert Brown and his colleages wondered whether the process could be sped up. They initially experimented with collagen and say the tissue created in 35 minutes is actually stronger than other engineered tissue, more like natural collagen which acts as structural support for skin, bones and tendons.
UK scientists say they can cut the time it takes to grow new tissue from days to minutes.

The lengthy process can be accelerated by simply removing the water present in the starting material, the University College London team discovered.

Following such shrinkage by a factor of at least 100, tissues could be created in 35 minutes.

This speed may one day allow doctors to make tissue implants at the bedside, Advanced Functional Materials reports.

Currently, scientists make tissues to be used for operations such as skin grafts by building a scaffold of cells that grow in the lab.

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This is an astounding breakthrough! Imagine getting skin grafts created at your bedside in just over half an hour! This has to be up there with the most important medical breakthroughs of all time.

We are talking replacing human tissue cheaply, effectively and most importantly quickly here. This process could bring reconstructive surgery to even the most poorest nations as the amount of time required to produce the replacement tissue is drastically reduced, hence less production costs.

Simply astounding.

[edit on 17/10/05 by subz]

posted on Oct, 17 2005 @ 08:01 PM
HOLY smoke!

This is even MORE amazing than it seems at first glance. ...Do you realize that almost every modern disease - up to and including bird flu - involves mutations in the stem cells for connective tissue? And involves a disease process referred to coyly as "aberrant wound healing"?

Is there any possibility this process can be done in vivo? [crosses fingers, feeling stupid]

...PLEASE, please keep this updated. And thank you.

posted on Oct, 17 2005 @ 08:14 PM
Wow, that is incredible.

I am curious to see where their research takes them.

Kudos to the Brits for making such a huge breakthrough!


posted on Oct, 17 2005 @ 09:17 PM
This is brilliant news. coupled with the new 'spray on skin' that has been developed we can help burns victims probably to a level that we may have had difficulty reaching in the past

well done to those guys!

posted on Oct, 19 2005 @ 03:46 AM
..sorry to the thread author but I'm not really that impressed. There was a much larger discovery that lets a mammal regenerate just about every organ in its body(except the brain)

Click Image for full story.

[edit on 19-10-2005 by sardion2000]

posted on Oct, 19 2005 @ 08:07 AM
wow sardion - very kewl.

From the article you linked:

"The mice, known as the MRL strain, were specially bred to develop lupus. But researchers don't know why exactly the animals' injuries heal so well."

...Just another illustration that so-called "disease" often confers other immunites or "powers."

So "cull the herd" at your peril.

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