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Growing body parts and improving prosthetics
Growing body parts and improving prosthetics

Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, is used to hearing his work described as science fiction. Way back in 1999, he and his team grew bladders in a lab and successfully implanted them in patients with spina bifida. Then in 2004, his team grew urethras for five young boys in Mexico City. Eight years later, the laboratory-grown tissue looks as natural as the boys' own. At the rate research like Atala's is progressing, scientists predict that replacement organs will be a reality within years, not decades. That's part of the future of medicine: new tissues, new body parts and new hope for recovery. It was in 1981 that scientists...

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