Snippet from the article:
Surgeons have performed the first transplant operation using an organ wholly grown in a laboratory to give a man a new windpipe. The 36-year-old is recovering after surgeons implanted the world’s first wholly lab-grown organ into his body.
The synthetic trachea was created by growing the patient’s own stem cells on an artificial “scaffold”, which British scientists helped design. Windpipes have been grown from stem cells before, but only using the collagen “skeletons” of donated tracheas.
The landmark operation at Karolinska University hospital in Sweden could mean patients may not have to wait for a suitable donor organ. This could be particularly significant for children, for whom donor tracheas are much more difficult to find.
Read the rest — Cancer patient receives first synthetic organ transplant
It’s not hair-related, but it’s science at work. Fascinating stuff, and a big leap forward for regenerative medicine.
For those curious, CNN also published an opinion article by Dr. Anthony Atala (a leader in regenerative medicine), where he discusses a printer that is being developed to “print” organs.