Friday, February 02, 2018

Children Receive Made-to-Order, Lab-Grown Ears

Five children have had ear reconstruction using lab-grown cartilage that was seeded from their own cells and grown on 3-D-printed molds, researchers reported. "It's a very exciting approach," Tessa Hadlock at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston tells New Scientist. "They've shown that it is possible to get close to restoring the ear structure." The kids were between the ages of 6 and 10 years old and all had microtia, a malformation of the external ear. The researchers took a sample of cartilage from each child, harvested the cartilage-forming cells (called chondrocytes), expanded them, and then grew them on a mold that was build from a CT scan of the patient's normal ear. The tissue was then implanted into a skin flap to reconstruct the ear. The first child has been followed for two and a half years, and they are happy with the results, having "achieved satisfactory aesthetical outcome with mature cartilage formation."

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"The delivery of shaped cartilage for the reconstruction of microtia has been a goal of the tissue engineering community for more than two decades," Lawrence Bonassar of Cornell University tells CNN. "This work clearly shows tissue engineering approaches for reconstruction of the ear and other cartilaginous tissues will become a clinical reality very soon."

Previously, scientists had been able to transplant human ears into mice. Bonassar tells CNN that the challenges to expanding the use of the technique in humans include regulatory oversight and scaling up the personalized process.

Comments

Next up. Custom ears.

I think elf ears and Spock ears will be big sellers.

#1 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-30 11:14 AM

Next up. Custom ears.
I think elf ears and Spock ears will be big sellers.
#1 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-30 11:14 AM

Yes, but faun will be the most popular.

This is very excellent for so many real reasons.

#2 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-01-30 05:14 PM

Meanwhile healthcare in the US is trending toward bloodletting.

#3 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-30 07:09 PM

"This work clearly shows tissue engineering approaches for reconstruction of the ear and other cartilaginous tissues will become a clinical reality very soon."

Fantastic!

#4 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-02-03 12:57 PM

"Fantastic!"

"Scientists Bristle at Trump Budget's Cuts to Research"

www.nytimes.com

"The American Society of Clinical Oncology, the leading professional society for cancer specialists, issued a statement warning that the proposed budget "will devastate our nation's already fragile federal research infrastructure."

"Now is not the time to slow progress in finding new treatments and cures for patients with cancer," the group said."

TAke your "fantastic" and consider it to be what it is. Crap. If previous Presidents acted like Trump things like that would never happen. Wake the hell up moron! Realize too, this administration's declared intention is to raise military spending while keeping all other spending at present levels, while they just cut taxes and are creating huge debt. In reality, unless they are paying you well, I don't really understand how you can even present your posts here. I'd quit posting because it is going to get increasingly embarrassing for you to continue. Hey, how about that stock market???? 650 point drop in one day??? Yay!
Seems investors think Mueller has the goods and Trump is going to implode, hope you do too! Let's wait for Monday, if we see another catastrophic drop will you admit you're full of s**t?

#5 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-03 01:33 PM

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