‘60 Minutes’ Investigates Growing Body Parts From Human Cells

July 26th, 2010 - 11:28 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

60 Minutes July 26 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A recent episode of ‘60 Minutes’ featured a growing area of study in the medical world which makes it possible for human body parts which have been damaged to be regrown from human cells through regenerative medicine.

Research which is being done at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine studies the regeneration of different body parts and organs in hopes of saving the lives of those patients which are facing death on a transplant list which is growing daily.

According to ‘CBS News’ Dr Anthony Atala from the Institute stated that their goal is to “provide replacement tissues and organs that can be used to help [such patients] survive.”

According to the doctor, some of the body parts are much easier to regenerate than other parts are, like the ear for instance, but hopefully, with more research, eventually all parts of the body will be easily reproduced.

As for now, the human bladder has already been reproduced, and placed into the human body, a process which takes around six to eight weeks. Beating hearts, have also been regenerated through this new medical research.

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