[ExI] Regenerative body parts in the works

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Sat Jun 12 10:28:27 UTC 2010

A Canadian researcher is hoping that within ten years, people will be
able to regrow tendons, spinal cords or heart valves lost to injury or


Dr. Brian Amsden, a chemical engineering professor from Queen’s
University, is developing a technique wherein cells from a patient’s
body would be placed on a polymer prosthetic that stimulates cell
growth. After the cells had established themselves sufficiently, the
prosthetic would be implanted in the patient’s body. The polymer would
then biodegrade, leaving behind nothing but the patient’s own tissue.

The military is researching this to repair damaged soldiers, but it is
also of great interest to the elderly disabled.


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