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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

‘Human Body Parts Store’: Lab Growing Synthetic Parts for Transplant

Lab Growing First Synthetic Nose for Transplant
Synthetic windpipe that was transplanted into a patient last year. (Photo: UCL)


Last summer, the first synthetic organ– a windpipe — was grown in laboratory setting and transplanted into a patient. Now, the University College London’s (UCL) Department of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine is taking on another “world first:” growth of a nose.
Warren Pole for the Daily Mail recently got a tour of the lab where he saw the nanotechnology-driven little shop of synthetic human body parts first hand. Led on the tour by Professor Alexander Seifalian, Pole describes seeing a transplant nose and ear growing in “red goo.”
Lab team member Adelola Oseni explains to Pole that while others have tried to tackle synthetic organs before, the material used doesn’t hold shape like those in the “human body parts store.“ Oseni said this nose should hold up because ”it’s an entire nose shape made out of polymer.”
Check out photos of the synthetic parts here.
Here’s more on the material and transplant technology:

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