Doctors have successfully grown an organ from the cells of a patient and ‘transplanted’ the organ into the same patient.
Scientists at Wake Forest University in North Carolina found that you can essentially build an organ. By using a sample of cells from the organ and then growing the cells into a 3D mold shaped like the organ.
“Scientists grew new bladders from the patients’ own cells, which were then transplanted back into the patients’ bodies.
Dr. Anthony Atala and his colleagues described the experiment as a long-term success for the seven patients, who ranged from toddlers to teenagers.”