What we used to think of as Star Wars is not really so any longer, it is here. I have posted about regenerative medicine quite frequently here and have a couple interviews with Cook Medical with their products that create scaffolds for body parts to grow and regenerate.
Mentioned in the 60 Minute Report is the University of Pittsburg and this video from TED gives more details on what they are doing there with extracellular matrix ECM, and also known as pixie dust.
(CBS) It sounds like science fiction, but the fact is biotech companies and the government are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into research they hope will one day make it possible for us to grow new body parts.
It is called regenerative medicine and the goal is to help the thousands waiting for organ transplants and the hundreds of veterans who return from Iraq and Afghanistan horribly maimed.
So far, researchers have created beating hearts, ears and bladders by manipulating cells in the human body into regrowing tissue. The hope is to one day profoundly change human lives.
And there's Kaitlyne McNamara, a college student who was born with Spina bifida which caused her bladder to fail. Nine years ago, Kaitlyne, along with eight other patients, received new bladders grown from their own cells outside the body.
She says the procedure changed her life. "I never even knew I could get this far. I'm just living a normal adult life."