Doctors can now grow human vocal cords in a lab


Used to be that if you damaged your vocal cords and needed a new set, doctors would have to shoot you full of immunosuppressants to keep your body from rejecting the cadaver-sourced replacements. Not anymore. Researchers at University of Wisconsin Medical School have published a preliminary study in the journal Science Translational Medicine wherein they successfully cultured 170 sets of vocal cords in the lab. These organs do not require the course of immunosuppressants that conventional transplants require. “We never imagined that we would see the impressive level of function that we did, ” study senior author Nathan Welham told Buzzfeed . Via: Buzzfeed Source: Science Translational Medicine

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Doctors can now grow human vocal cords in a lab


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