According to doctors, four teenage girls that received lab-grown vagina implants between 2005 and 2008 due to Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome (where "the vagina and uterus are either underdeveloped or missing"), have normally functioning privates now. That is wonderful news. If it's broke, fix it -- that's my motto. Well technically it's, "If it's broke, swindle a friend into repairing it for free," but that's the short version.
This pilot study is the first to demonstrate that vaginal organs can be constructed in the lab and used successfully in humans," said lead researcher Dr. Anthony Atala, director of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine. "This may represent a new option for patients who require vaginal reconstructive surgeries. In addition, this study is one more example of how regenerative medicine strategies can be applied to a variety of tissues and organs."
The pilot study used muscle and cells from a biopsy of each patient's genitals to build a scaffold in the shape of the vagina. Then the surgeons created a canal in the pelvis that they sutured the scaffold to. When scaffolding material is introduced to the body, cells start forming a permanent support structure that results in a new organ.
Pretty incredible stuff, right? Medical science never ceases to amaze me. I wonder what scientists will be able to do for my penis. *pulling down pants* Well, what do you think, doc? "Why is it so orange?" Nacho Cheese Doritos. So can you do something for me or not? I was hoping maybe you could make it -- how do I put this, more satisfying. I've been having a problem with that lately. "I can imagine, it looks like a curly fry." My girlfriend has actually told me she'd rather go to Arby's before.
Thanks to E V I L A R E S, Thaylor H and HasItAll, who are convinced science is the way of the future. Me? I think it's going to be witchcraft.