Doctors Can Now Grow Engineered Vaginas in Women

After decades of work, a team of doctors say they've successfully engineered vaginas that have been implanted and grown in women. The vaginas were grown in a lab from the female patients' own cells and later transferred to their bodies, where they formed into normal vaginas. The breakthrough bears some huge… » 4/10/14 7:13pm 4/10/14 7:13pm

Surgeons Perform the World's First Synthetic Organ Transplant

For the first time in history, a patient has been implanted with a synthetic windpipe that was created using the patient's stem cells and a replica of his original windpipe. It's amazing even though it kinda looks like PVC piping » 7/07/11 4:40pm 7/07/11 4:40pm

Printing Healthy Cells Onto Wounded Flesh

Wake Forest's Institute for Regenerative Medicine, a group of organ-growing, tissue-engineering mad scientists, is trailblazing the cool and creepy future of medicine. Their latest effort is an inkjet-inspired bioprinter that prints fresh cells directly onto wounds. » 4/09/10 10:00pm 4/09/10 10:00pm

'Can We Grow Organs Instead of Transplanting Them?'

In the past, we've labeled Dr. Anthony Atala a mad-but-completely-sane scientist because he's been growing Frankensteinian replacement body parts in his lab for years. But in his recently published TEDMED talk, you'll realize that idea is less sick than inspiring. » 1/22/10 8:47am 1/22/10 8:47am

Your Next Body Is Growing In a Lab Right Now

At TEDMED, I witnessed video clips showing science I never knew was so advanced. Dr. Anthony Atala has been growing human tissue and organs, in a lab, for nearly two decades. He's even printed kidneys from a cell-stuffed inkjet printer. » 11/12/09 12:20pm 11/12/09 12:20pm