“60 Minutes” Reports About The Research To Grow Body Parts From Human Cells

July 26th, 2010 - 8:51 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
60 MinutesJuly 26, (THAINDIAN NEWS) There is finally a ray of hope for those who are in desperate need of an organ transplant after a body part has failed functioning due to some ailment or some kind of an accident. American scientists have undertaken a comprehensive research to pave the way for a new technology which might enable doctors to save millions of life by transplanting body parts. The latest episode of the popular news magazine on CBS highlighted the initiatives that have been undertaken by researchers to produce new human body parts by growing them in the laboratories.

Dr. Anthony Atala who is associated with the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine which is based in North Carolina is known to have played a pioneering role in the study to develop new human body parts which is known as ‘regenerative medicine.’ While talking to “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer, the researcher revealed that at present the institute is working on the development of 22 different kinds of tissues as well as organs which includes bladders, lungs, kidneys and many more. Dr. Anthony Atala further explained that if the researcher indeed turns out to be fruitful then it might be instrumental in preventing the deaths of large number of patients while waiting for an organ.

While revealing details about the basic theory behind the research, the scientist went on to say that every organ is made of certain special cells which are unique in itself. If the cells can be isolated and allowed to regenerate so that they are capable of covering a mold of that organ, then it might function as the body part.

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