Friday, February 01, 2008

Finnish patient gets new jaw from own stem cells

Brave new world alert: a Finnish man had his upper jaw replaced by a new jaw grown from his own stem cells and incubated in his abdomen for nine months.

Somewhere a big American dog barked.

Scientists in Finland said they had replaced a 65-year-old patient's upper jaw with a bone transplant cultivated from stem cells isolated from his own fatty tissue and grown inside his abdomen.

Researchers said on Friday the breakthrough opened up new

ways to treat severe tissue damage and made the prospect of

custom-made living spares parts for humans a step closer to


Yes, I'll take a new jaw, with a side of gleeming white teeth please.  Thank you. :D

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