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Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2000 13:55:43 +0100
From: "Joseph Kehoe" <>
Subject: Re: CryoNet #13882 - #13895

Some news of interest from the bbc website
Lots of other great stuff there as well

Thumbs up for organs 'grown to order'

A new breakthrough by a team of American scientists is being hailed as next step
towards growing human body organs and tissues to order.

The thumb of factory worker Raul Murcia, 36, which was irreparably crushed in an
industrial accident, has been grown back using a revolutionary new technique 
pioneered by doctors at the University of Massachusetts.

They were able to grow new thumb bone tissue to the correct size and dimensions 
using sea coral as a kind of template.


Custom-made human teeth could one day be grown in the laboratory, relegating 
dentures to a thing of the past.

The predictions follow successful experiments to grow mouse teeth in a 
laboratory dish.
Scientists believe the technique could benefit humans within a decade.


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