Scientists in Finland have replaced a 65-year-old patient’s upper jaw with a bone transplant grown inside his abdomen after being cultivated from stem cells isolated from his own fatty tissue. Researchers said the breakthrough opens up new ways to treat severe tissue damage and makes the prospect of custom-made living spares parts for humans. Full story @ http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/02/02/2152899.htm
I love these stories as they confirm our increasing competence in growing our own body spare parts. What industries and professions will emerge from this? Who will have access to these technologies and how far will this technology “grow”?