Dr. Anthony Atala holds the scaffolding for a human kidney created by a 3-D printer in a laboratory at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. The university is experimenting with various ways to create replacement organs for human implantation, from altering animal parts to...
Dr. Anthony Atala holds the “scaffolding” for a human kidney created by a 3-D printer in a laboratory at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. The university is experimenting…   (AP Photo/Allen Breed)

Scientists Close In on Lab-Grown Human Penis

They’ve had success with rabbits, are approaching first clinical trials

If you think a bio-penis is only for guys who’ve run into angry, knife-wielding partners, think again. Genetic defects, penile cancer surgery, trauma, and even erectile dysfunction are all reasons a sizable number of men might opt for a bioengineered penis. A team of researchers has done it successfully with lab rabbits, reports Wake Forest School of Medicine, and they’ve spent the past six years scaling up so that a human patient might soon have a penis made from his own cells biopsied from salvageable tissue and then grown in culture and ultimately transplanted, reports the Guardian. If it sounds easy, well, it’s not: The penis is a pretty intricate organ.

Read on…

http://www.newser.com/story/196827/scientists-close-in-on-lab-grown-human-penis.html

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