Thursday, November 16, 2006

Medicine: Replacement parts?

It may sound like science fiction, but apparently it's not! Researchers have announced at this week's AHA mtg that they can grow some replacement organ parts from fluid found in the pregnant uterus. They've actually grown a new heart valve.

What does this mean? Are we all going to have our amniotic fluid collected as we're born and then stored for later life when we need a replacement part? Perhaps. But the more realistic possibility is to use this technology to help replace congential defects shortly after birth.

Sounds exciting - now let's see if the right wing can find something objectionable to it :)

1 comment:

Matz said...

What if you don't have a congenital defect, but you just want a bigger part? The implications are staggering. I'm just asking because a friend of mine was wondering.