The possibility of growing replacement limbs for amputees is now one step closer to becoming a reality.
A great deal of progress has been made in recent years in the development of artificial legs, bionic hands and even brain-control interfaces that can enable someone to move a robotic arm using nothing more than the power of their own mind.
The ultimate solution however, one with the potential to completely restore an amputee’s missing limb, is to use their own cells to grow an entirely new one that will function exactly as the original did.
While this might sound like something out of a science fiction movie, scientists recently announced that they’d succeeded for the first time in growing an actual rat limb in a laboratory.
Grown by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, the rat limb not only looks the part but also contains functioning veins and muscle tissue as well.