BioLimbs – stem cells could grow new limbs for amputees by 2025
Researchers of the Massachusets General Hospital, Boston have successfully grown new replacement limbs for rats.
Their focus has so far been on the hand and forearm, but are confident that this could extend to other limbs also. The technique being used has already been successfully used to build hearts, lungs and kidneys.
Key to the success of the future of replacement limbs, is having the stem cells from the patient. This not only avoids the need for a lifetime of immunosuppressant drugs, the limb should look and ‘behave’ naturally.
Scientists in this research believe that it will be 2025 before biolimbs could be ready for human testing.
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