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Cave Man
Dec 18, 2008, 12:52 PM
Looks like the little guy will make a full recovery:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=6488258

"Tumor in Colorado Newborn's Brain Contained Foot
Tumor in baby's brain stuns doctor after containing nearly perfect foot, other body parts
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. December 18, 2008 (AP)

A pediatric neurosurgeon says a tumor he removed from the brain of a Colorado Springs infant contained a tiny foot and other partially formed body parts." (more in link)

mkrishnan
Dec 18, 2008, 01:01 PM
That is pretty amazing. :)

Human neurobiology is really interesting. I've heard (I'm not even sure how to search this on Pubmed to verify) that there have been reported cases where a person, say a female, received a bone marrow stem cell transplantation after cancer treatment from a male donor. Then, on autopsy, Y chromosomes were found in hippocampal neurons (the hippocampus is another site of adult stem cells).

arkitect
Dec 18, 2008, 01:06 PM
A baby Zeus with a little Athena…

Astonishing.

themoonisdown09
Dec 18, 2008, 03:36 PM
Wow... I don't know what else to say.

Xfujinon
Dec 18, 2008, 03:50 PM
Fetus in fetu is a pretty wild condition too. We talked about it in developmental biology in med school.

Parasitic twins, as occasionally produced by fetus in fetu, are astounding. The one from Egypt a few years ago is the most amazing medical case I think I've ever read about. I truly wonder what the surgeons and specialists ended up DOING with the parasitic twin once it was removed. Would they have to bury it, or would they study it, or encase it in lucite and put it somewhere to look at.

Either way, very cool. I loved the photo included from this foot-in-brain article.

Abstract
Dec 19, 2008, 12:30 AM
Click on "more photos". Lots and lots of photos of people with some physical abnormality, or large tumour.

Counterfit
Dec 19, 2008, 03:39 AM
http://www.fraterslibertas.com/Images/Separated/nursegollum.jpg

Abstract
Dec 19, 2008, 10:12 AM
Um.....no more kisses for Cromulent.

Scepticalscribe
Dec 20, 2008, 02:07 PM
A fascinating article and an incredible story. I had read it on the BBC's site, but thanks for posting it.

Cheers

dmw007
Dec 20, 2008, 02:39 PM
Wow... I don't know what else to say.

That about sums it up for me as well...wild stuff! :eek:

Cromulent
Dec 26, 2008, 12:36 AM
Um.....no more kisses for Cromulent.

Eh? This is the first time I've posted in this thread.

alphaod
Dec 26, 2008, 02:00 AM
Cool? Yeah, have fun taking Organic Chemistry and the like for your Biology major. I mean sure some people love it, but most don't.

yoyo5280
Dec 26, 2008, 02:02 AM
Biology is cool because its the only science subject I do great in. A GCSE mock, 1 year early.

Oh yea the story is pretty cool too. :p

iJohnHenry
Dec 26, 2008, 09:34 AM
Eh? This is the first time I've posted in this thread.

Never mind. I remember that one, and laughed. http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g158/MouseMeat/Smilies/d47.gif <manly hug