Six years ago, researchers at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine used tissue-engineering techniques to grow new urethras for five young male patients from their own cells. Now, an article published in the Lancet has declared the procedure a success. Each of the boys is now in good physical health, with a new urethra that has repaired the defects previously present.
Updated: One of PopSci’s favorite regenerative medicine specialists, Anthony Atala, printed a biocompatible model of a human kidney on stage at the 2011 TED conference Thursday, in a technique that could someday be used to create new organs from a patient’s own tissue rather than relying on donated organs.
Tengion's replacement bladders could enter clinical trials as early as next year
By Gregory Mone
Posted 05.20.2008 at 2:20 pm 1 Comment
A company called Tengion announced recently that its full-size, neo-bladder replacements performed well in large animal models. Tengion's technology - the commercialized version of the work of Anthony Atala - is based around the idea that it's better to use the patient's own cells to try to grow replacement organs and tissues, since transplants from donors often lead to rejection.
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