Regenerative Medicine – A Visit to Wake Forest Where They Grow Body Parts With Stem Cells
Posted Dec 12 2009 12:20pm
Not too long ago I posted about Dr. Oz taking a visit to Wake Forest where most of this is taking place and now this Sunday 60 Minutes will be providing an update. I have included the trailer for the show below.
Dr. Oz talked about the bladders that were grown and there are 15 women and children walking around with bladders that were created with stem cells.
Within the last couple months, there were a couple of other stem cell regenerative news items, one being the clinical trial in Australia where breast tissue is grown back by implanting stem cells, and the other is still a bit experimental, but you can probably get the idea where this is going.
I have conducted a few interviews with Cook Medical who has a very active regenerative medicine department and they were kind enough to go into detail on how some of their procedures work. They fix hernias and create knee scaffolds. At any rate I will have to watch myself for the latest chapter on where this technology is, as it is all moving so fast and many things we think are science fiction are no long that at all. Below in the related links I put some of the posts I have recently covered in reference to stem cells. BD
(CBS) Only a few years ago it would have been regarded as science fiction, but regenerative medicine - the growing of body parts - is becoming a reality. 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer reports on how researchers like Dr. Anthony Atala at the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine can grow ears and bladders from patients' own cells. "Every single cell in your body has all the genetic information to create a whole new you," says Atala. "So if you place that cell in the right environment, it'll be programmed to do what it's supposed to do."