Quest for Laboratory Grown Organs

Though medical science may still be years away from growing a heart outside of the human body, the scientists at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) are getting closer every day to reproducing and perfecting many of the tissues, blood vessels and other organs of the human body.

Engineering laboratory-grown organs to implant into humans is why the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) exists. After all, they were the first in the world to do it in 1999 with engineered bladder tissue. (WFIRM director, Dr. Anthony J. Atala, M.D. announced long-term success in children and teenagers who received bladders grown from their own cells in 2006).

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