Humans could regrow body parts

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  1. macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    Humans could regrow body parts like some amphibians


    This could be good news for John Bobbitt. Otherwise its fascinating news. :)
  2. macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    Really must be an exciting discovery to make. Wouldn't you love to be born 200 years from now and see what the state of surgery is like.
  3. macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Eff John Bobbit? Maybe we can re-grow spines for our politicians.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    May 15, 2008
    Houston, Tx
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2005
  6. macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    Is there anything stopping these scientists from regrowing tissue deteriorated by age? For example if the heart of an old person is wearing, they could just remove small segments of it and grow a young heart, or would the regrown heart be old too?
  7. macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    Bit worrying about the tumour possibilities, but as long as they can turn it off again it should be a massive step forward. Could they even regrow functioning nerves, eyeballs, maybe even clone a new heart to replace a damaged one with the patient's own tissue.

    I remember reading somewhere that Dolly the sheep died of old age at the same age the donor DNA would have been. Even if that's true however and our lives remain with a finite lifespan, the time we have should be more enjoyable as a result of these treatments.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2009
    This is great research with tremendous potential. I hope to read more about this in the coming years. It's going to be a long time before research or even testing on humans will occur. I'm really interested to see how they manage to control cancerous growths with the rapid proliferation of new cells.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2008
    This is great, I have a feeling that my generation will have a longer lifespan because of all the gene therapy research going on.
  10. macrumors 601

    Don't panic

    Jan 30, 2004
    having a drink at Milliways
    very cool story
    it is a follow up from this

    this is the actual article, for those interested

    note that so far the only tested ability of the original mice strain and this p21- strain is to close holes poked into its ear, which normal mice cannot do, there is no actual regeneration of limbs, for example.

    another issue is that lack of p21 activity is associated to increased DNA damage and is one of the key aspects of many tumors (and to some forms of autoimmune diseases).
    However if this can be tightly controlled locally (and there is no reason to think it won't in the near future), it could be a really important starting point for future treatment of severe wounds. Growing organs is still way off, though.

    my guess is that it facilitates the re-activation of stem cells.
    I wonder if deer antler replacement is driven by shutting down p21 in some cell populations
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2009
    This reminds me of The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken.
    Bones: "If I were going to combine human and animal DNA with an eye towards creating a super soldier, I'd go with a flatworm."
    "Self-regeneration, obviously."
  12. macrumors 68020


    Jun 25, 2009
    Growing body parts? How about losing some?

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  13. macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2003
    If the heart was damaged (e.g., from a heart attack), then they could probably regrow it in this fashion and get a healthier heart as a result. However, the heart would still be old. A lot of it has to do with telomeres. These are little pieces of DNA at the ends of chromosomes that deteriorate a little bit every time a cell divides. This deterioration is thought to be a big part of aging.

    IOW, yes this could replace damaged organs. If you want to replace old organs with young ones, there is much more promise in using tissue culture and stem cells, where they just grow you a new heart in vitro and just transplant it in when it's properly cooked.

    I personally am looking forward to my future bionic organs. Just call me robopooky.

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