advertisement
09 March 2011

Viable urethras grown from boys' cells

Researchers have used patients' own cells to grow urethras in the lab and have successfully used them to replace damaged tissue in five young boys.

Researchers have used patients' own cells to grow urethras in the lab and have successfully used them to replace damaged tissue in five young boys, showing the potential power of cell-based therapies.

"Totally grown in the laboratory, these urethras, living tubes which convey urine from the bladder, highlight the power of cell-based therapies," Chris Mason, a regenerative medicine expert at University College London who was not involved in the research, said.

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X

More:

ChildNews
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Lifestyle »

E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know

E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places.

Allergy »

Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives

A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.

advertisement