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Pentagon limb regrowth research advances

By T.K. Randall
March 30, 2009 · Comment icon 11 comments

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Scientists have succeeded in achieving phase one of an ambituous plan by the Pentagon to develop a way to regrow soldiers' limbs. The Worcester Polytechnic Institute received a grant of over half a million dollars to help achieve phase two.
The first phase of the Pentagon's plan to regrow soldiers' limbs is complete; scientists managed to turn human skin into the equivalent of a blastema — a mass of undifferentiated cells that can develop into new body parts. Now, researchers are on to phase two: turning that cellular glop into a square inch of honest-to-goodness muscle tissue."


Source: Wired | Comments (11)




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Comment icon #2 Posted by Lt_Ripley 15 years ago
very cool .. my brother would have liked this article.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Mac E 15 years ago
I'm glad to hear they are getting funding for this. The real life applications are priceless.
Comment icon #4 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 15 years ago
Hopefully, this will also apply to those who lost limbs by accidents as well.
Comment icon #5 Posted by odiesbsc 15 years ago
I've been out on a limb all my life. LOL couldn't resist
Comment icon #6 Posted by keithisco 15 years ago
It never ceases to amaze me they only talk about are re-growing soldiers limbs!! They signed on the dotted line, it's all voluntary, what about funding to replace ALL peoples lost limbs??? So now the "sweetner" is "Join the Army you lose a limb we replace it", what about the rest of the country that pays for all these imperial expeditions - do they just have to lose out to accidents and muggings, and attempted murders and feel smug and confident that because they didnt join the Army that they should be treated as 2nd class citizens? The USA really has gone to "Hell in a handbag"
Comment icon #7 Posted by BaneSilvermoon 15 years ago
It never ceases to amaze me they only talk about are re-growing soldiers limbs!! They signed on the dotted line, it's all voluntary, what about funding to replace ALL peoples lost limbs??? So now the "sweetner" is "Join the Army you lose a limb we replace it", what about the rest of the country that pays for all these imperial expeditions - do they just have to lose out to accidents and muggings, and attempted murders and feel smug and confident that because they didnt join the Army that they should be treated as 2nd class citizens? The USA really has gone to "Hell in a handbag" Uh... it's Pen... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Samuronin 15 years ago
Yes!!!!! Now If I can just paint myself green I can be Piccolo!!!
Comment icon #9 Posted by Ashiene 15 years ago
i remember reading an article about an accidental discovery by a few people, they found that when they applied a certain mixture to their severed fingertips, the fingertips grew back.
Comment icon #10 Posted by BaneSilvermoon 15 years ago
i remember reading an article about an accidental discovery by a few people, they found that when they applied a certain mixture to their severed fingertips, the fingertips grew back. I've heard of things that may be successful at stimulating growth enough to say, fill in a chunk of meat missing at the end of a finger. But "limb" implies bone structure being involved and that's a whole different game.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Archer1945 15 years ago
i remember reading an article about an accidental discovery by a few people, they found that when they applied a certain mixture to their severed fingertips, the fingertips grew back. If I remember correctly the stuff was christened "pixie dust" and preliminary testing was showing very interesting results. There might even be a thread on here about it, I think it was early last year I read the report.


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