Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Penises grown in a lab: Scientists say organs could be tested on humans within five years

 Organs would be given to men with congenital abnormalities, or those who have undergone radical surgery for cancer or suffered trauma to the area

  • Engineered penises now being tested for 'safety, function and durability'
  • Created by team that implanted lab-grown vaginas into women this year

The organs would be used to help men who have suffered a serious injury to the region, had surgery for cancer or are suffering from a congenital abnormality.
The work is being carried out the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, North Carolina. 
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The laboratory grown penises could help men who have suffered a serious injury to the region, had radical surgery for cancer or who have a congenital abnormality
The laboratory grown penises could help men who have suffered a serious injury to the region, had radical surgery for cancer or who have a congenital abnormality
Scientists there are now assessing engineered penises for safety, function and durability, The Guardian reports. 

It is hoped the US Food and Drug Administration will give the green light for testing on humans within five years. 

Earlier this year, the same team of researchers declared they had successfully grown vaginas in a laboratory and implanted them into four teenage patients.