Scientists Grow Human Bones

Posted: Mar 30 2010, 11:28am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:17pm CDT, in News | Technology News

 
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Medical science took another great leap forward today. Scientists at Columbia University have just revealed that they have used stem cells and liposuctioned fat to grow real, working human bones. Inhabitat reports that these new cultivates could soon remove the need for titantium bone replacements, as well as bone grafts.

Creating a new bone requires a set of digital images of the desired one. Machines build a replica and than living cells are added to this 'scaffold' and placed in a bioreactor. The cells can come from bone marrow or liposuctioned fat. Oxygen, growth hormones, sugar, and nutrients are added and eventually the cells grow into bone.

Researchers say that this new method could see use in hospitals within the next decade. Big ups go out to Columbia University and the project head, Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic. Thanks for giving the human lifespan another shot in the arm, guys!

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