August 27, 2004
Jaw of Steel
Posted by scott at August 27, 2004 02:57 PM
New Scientist is carrying this report about how German scientists are using innovative lattice-building and adult stem-cell techniques to create sophisticated bone replacements. The first example was a man who'd lost his jaw to cancer, now able to eat normal food again.
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science is just fun. in my genetics courses I remember talking about this, but at that point we were using molded cellulose, putting stem cells in it, and then putting it under the skin of hairless mice. once the stem cells had filled the form, we'd put it back in the humans (as I remember it, the mice were saved) and someone would have an ear or whatever cartiledge intensive piece they'd lost.