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Regenerative Medicine – Material and Cell Based Regeneration of the Human Body

Posted Feb 03 2009 12:08am

Fascinating video and worth watching to see the advances in science and clinical procedures on regenerating parts of the body and so much of this technology is here and available today.  Watching the foot of a woman with a diabetes open sore that won’t heal and seeing what regeneration has done versus an amputation is remarkable when you see the before and after pictures. 

Material Induced Regeneration – growing the end of a finger back, and here’s a post from May of this year discussing the same process. 

From a post in May 2008…

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A certain 69 year old Lee Spievak lost half an inch of finger to an aggressive model plane blade, and doctors had little hope for the appendage. Lucky for Lee, his brother Alan works in the field of regenerative medicine, and sent him some powder (which lee calls "pixie dust") to apply to the finger. Four weeks later Lee had grown back the entire finger, as good as new. The pixie dust is actually  modified cells scraped from the lining of a pig's bladder cleaned into a general-purpose tissue generator -- the cells basically tell the body to grow instead of scar. Doctors have high hopes for the cells, for everything from amputees to burn victims to cancer patients

Screenshot from the video….

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Cell Based Regeneration – Injecting Stem Cells into a beating heart - Minimally Invasive Cellular Cure for Heart Failure

Liposuction fluid is a great source of stem cells, so no more throwing it away, not quite ready for prime time yet, but getting very close.  Russell talks about focusing with research in the US and hopefully with the new administration this will come to fruition and accelerate the processes to get the care to patients.  Very candid remarks about his talk with the NIH as well.  BD   

http://ted.tv.magnify.net/video/Alan-Russell-regenerative-medic

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Biomagic "pixie dust" regrows man's lopped-off finger

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