12 November 2009

Body Builders

This week, Gizmodo is exploring the enhanced human future in a segment we call This Cyborg Life. It's about what happens when we treat our body less as a sacred object and more as what it is: Nature's ultimate machine.

Scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine are currently working to engineer 22 different tissues and organs in the laboratory, including blood vessels, heart valves, bone, muscle, kidneys livers. Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Institute, has been growing human tissue and organs in his lab for nearly 20 years.

In the image above, a human bladder is engineered using a biodegradable, three-dimension scaffold that supports bladder cells while they multiply and develop. A technician is "seeding" cells on the scaffold.

Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine


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