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A Synthetic Windpipe

September 16, 2012

Here is how the Swedish physicians built a synthetic windpipe, out of plastic plus the patient’s own stem cells. No rejection drugs needed; the windpipe regenerates itself out of the body’s own cells, perhaps actually replacing the ones the doctor put in.This is science fiction coming home.

Also BTW, those “socialist” physicians are doing their share of cutting-edge medical research. New windpipe, no bills. And taxes no worse than Americans used to pay before the my-money-first era.

2 Comments
  1. September 16, 2012 1:51 pm

    Great news. Reminds of the older innovation, creating blood vessels from cells–the process didn’t work until someone realized the formula couldn’t just sit on the substrate, it had to be kept flowing along the substrate. Nature can be so demanding. How’s the new school year treating you, Joan?

  2. heteromeles permalink
    September 16, 2012 6:07 pm

    Love this. I wonder how complex we can make these structures, before they need to develop rather than grow around a scaffold?

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