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A powder nick-named "Pixie Dust" is being used to save the limbs of war heroes who have been wounded in Afghanistan.
Surgeons have already used the dust to save several soldiers so badly mutilated that they were at risk of amputation.
Made from pig bladders it has the ability to help the human body grow new tissue to replace large areas of a leg or arm destroyed by blast damage.
Professor Steve Wolf one the US's top plastic surgeons -is carrying out a trial in Houston, Texas on victims of the Afghan fighting and has already treated several young soldiers whose limbs were so badly damaged they were unable to walk or faced amputation.
He said: 'The word has got around about how this substance from pig bladders has got this magic ability to grow new tissue. Then one day one of the patients used the phrase 'pixie dust' to describe it and the name stuck
'We don't quite know how it works which adds to its magical qualities. We think that it attracts cells in the body that have the ability to multiply and gives them a chemical signal to make new tissue.'
Originally posted by Just Wondering
reminds me of this story from a while back.
Originally posted by anxietydisorder
It's not magic, it's science.
It's not pixie dust, it's a dried collagen based extra cellular membrane.