RE: Replacement fingers grown?

Billy Brown (
Thu, 1 Jul 1999 17:27:56 -0500

Damien Broderick wrote:
> Telly news last night reported that some Australian team have *new*
> *breakthrough* method of making fake arteries out of synthetic gloop and
> lining them with tweaked cells from the recipient, which allegedly makes
> them viable and long-lasting for cardiac repair. Works in beastie trials,
> soon human clinical tests. Sorry no URL.

Given the theoretical work that has been done in the last decade, I'm expecting to see the tissue engineers growing real blood vessels in their cultures within a few years. Nerve growth doesn't seem to be as well understood, but it still seems liek a fairly reasonable bet for the 5-10 year time frame.

This whole field seems to be advancing at a rate previously seen only in the electronics industry.

Billy Brown, MCSE+I