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Regrowing Lost Body Parts Getting Closer All the Time

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 7 years ago | from the go-go-gadget-hand dept.

Biotech 210

[TheBORG] writes "There are two stories on Yahoo! News about regrowing lost body parts. One is about regrowing lost fingers & limbs and the other one is about regrowing teeth. The story about regrowing lost fingers and limbs talks about the experimental use of powdered pig bladder to regrow fingers and eventually lost limbs for soldiers and others in need from information that Pentagon-funded scientists hopefully learn from studying the salamander. The story about regrowing teeth talks about how Japanese scientists used primitive cells and injected them into a framework of collagen. Once grown to a certain point, scientists implanted the growths into mice where the teeth developed normally."

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First elective use? (-1, Offtopic)

Spazntwich (208070) | more than 7 years ago | (#18072992)

2 chicks at the same time, man.

Re:First elective use? (0, Offtopic)

BobPaul (710574) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073070)

That's what "penis subincision" is for. Google it and be horrified.

Re:First elective use? (1)

Ziest (143204) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073782)

That is something I really did not want in my head. thanks dude for giving me a serious case of the willies

Re:First elective use? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18074190)

Ermm not quite. Subincision only gets you about halfway there. What you're looking for is a complete genital bisection [bmezine.com] or to a lesser extent a head splitting [bmezine.com] . A subincision [bmezine.com] only splits the bottom half of the glans and the (much rarer) superincision [bmezine.com] slices the top. I have studied this only because I intend to get a (relatively) much more modest apadravya [bmezine.com] in the near future.

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I'm an idiot! (4, Funny)

BobPaul (710574) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073014)

Once grown to a certain point, scientists implanted the growths into mice where the teeth developed normally.
On reading this I thought: "Why don't they just implant the teeth directly into people? Mice have tiny heads, and it would save a step!" D'OH!

Re:I'm an idiot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18073672)

Somebody writes a message with the subject "I'm an idiot!" and gets moderated Insightful. I'm not quite sure what to make of that.

Re:I'm an idiot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18074146)

Insightful provides karma points, funny doesn't. It's not uncommon to award "insightful" instead of "funny."

But, you're right. The irony is hilarious.

Re:I'm an idiot! (1)

pushing-robot (1037830) | more than 7 years ago | (#18074430)

"Socrates: The only true wisdom consists of knowing you know nothing." - Bill S. Preston, Esq.

Re:I'm an idiot! (2, Funny)

Barryke (772876) | more than 7 years ago | (#18074900)

i knew that

Could it be? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18074384)

Replacement limbs finally within arms reach?

Pig parts? (5, Interesting)

Apocalypse111 (597674) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073040)

I wonder how the Muslim and Jewish communities would react to this technology, as it involves materials taken from an animal that those religions traditionally view as "unclean". Would they reject it on those grounds?

Re:Pig parts? (1)

revlayle (964221) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073092)

yes, and they will be the first to perish!

Re:Pig parts? (1)

biocute (936687) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073534)

Maybe not. Muslim isn't supposed to be in contact with dogs, but I have seen Muslim dog handler for law enforcement and Search&Rescue purposes.

Re:Pig parts? (4, Informative)

jfengel (409917) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073592)

At least for Jews, that problem has been faced and solved. Pig heart valves are now used regularly, and that's just fine for Orthodox Jews. [about.com] The problem is eating pigs, but any other use of pig parts is just fine.

The Muslims, however, are still debating it [islamonline.net] , as far as I can tell.

Re:Pig parts? (1)

Sig.Baldi (1052656) | more than 7 years ago | (#18074526)

Actually the problem is if the muslims let the people bite a nail from a finger grown on a pig?!?

Re:Pig parts? (-1, Troll)

KingOfGod (884633) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073606)

This just proves that religion is perverted and anti-progressive. If we didn't have religion to occupy and dim peoples minds, there would be SO many more bright heads out there who would turn into scientists instead of working towards a goal of non-development and ideological inbreed.

Re:Pig parts? (1)

Keith Russell (4440) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073780)

No, this proves that certain fundamentalist elements of certain faiths are "perverted and anti-progressive". Do be careful where you swing that broad brush.

Re:Pig parts? (0, Troll)

KingOfGod (884633) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073902)

Nope, sorry. Christianity (Any form of it), islam and judaism all swear that there is One True Book and that Every Answer Is Within This Book. While there, naturally, are people with more common sense than to surrender their entire life and thought process to a great fiction book, the tendency is clear all the way through.

Religion breeds fundamentalism breeds stupidity stops progress.

Re:Pig parts? (1)

Planesdragon (210349) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073864)

This just proves that religion is perverted and anti-progressive.

And you, sir, just provided all the proof anyone will ever need to stand up and argue for their religion.

The only religion that's by-nature perverted and anti-progressive is capital-A Atheism. Every other religion admits a discordance with what science can prove and what they believe. Only Atheism stands up and says "I know that you are wrong, and it's a scientific fact."

(I mean no disrespect to lowercase-a atheists, for whom the term "agnostic" was coined.)

Re:Pig parts? (1)

KingOfGod (884633) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073988)

I'm a Nihilist, yet I accept that people have other views and takes on the world than mine.

There are dumb people everywhere - Also the ones who are atheist. I don't agree with them all. One of them [wikipedia.org] even wrote a book. Now he, is a prime example of atheists being as dumb as religious people. Just because he has exclaimed himself to be the cult leader of all that is atheistic, doesn't mean other people are.

Re:Pig parts? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18074688)

Agnostics aren't atheists. Atheists believe there is no god.

Agnostics don't know and might not even think it matters (i.e. if there's a god, it doesn't naturally follow that there's an afterlife, and if there's no god it doesn't naturally follow that you should be anything other than a humanist, and if there's an Ori-like "worship me or go to hell" god then perhaps it's better go to go hell than live a life that favours blind worship over integrity and goodness).

There are basically, three flavours of agnostics. Those that don't know but suspect there isn't a god, those that don't know but suspect that there is, and those that don't know and refuse to even speculate.

Re:Pig parts? (1)

sabernet (751826) | more than 7 years ago | (#18075152)

Agreed. I myself consider myself agnostic for those very reasons.

Re:Pig parts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18074718)

Do you seriously believe that "every other religion admits a discordance with what science can prove and what they believe"? Do you seriously believe that positive atheism completely lacks a logical basis? Have you even bothered to read something like this [wikipedia.org] or this [wikipedia.org] ?

You're contributing to mind pollution in a way worse than religion.

Re:Pig parts? (1)

heinousjay (683506) | more than 7 years ago | (#18075058)

Atheism is not a religion. There are no prescribed set of beliefs. Try not to disparage too harshly when you don't actually understand what it is you're disparaging.

Re:Pig parts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18074466)

This just proves that religion is perverted and anti-progressive. If we didn't have religion to occupy and dim peoples minds, there would be SO many more bright heads out there who would turn into scientists instead of working towards a goal of non-development and ideological inbreed.

About 25% of Nobel prize recipients are Jews. Care to reconsider your statement?

Re:Pig parts? (1)

Ziest (143204) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073940)

I can't speak for Islamic law but there already has been a Rabbinic ruling on just this. Insulin used to be made from pigs. Since insulin is need by those suffering from diabetes it was ruled that the laws of kosher do not apply here. The preservation of life supersedes the laws of Kosher.
 

Re:Pig parts? (1)

$0.02 (618911) | more than 7 years ago | (#18074144)

Islam and Judaism are also against cannibalism. Human flesh is not clean either. Still, it is OK to get transplantation from another human.

Re:Pig parts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18074438)

This is a perfect example of how ridiculous superstition pervades faith. Reasonable people agree that there's no logical basis for the idea that a pig or a dog is "unclean," yet religious ideas like this are afforded respect of the highest honor. Whenever I hear these ideas I imagine if PETA were to go on the news and say "We love and respect all animals and all that has been given to us. Except pigs. Pigs are dirty. Trust us on this one. We heard that someone heard it from someone who wrote it down twelve thousand miles away three thousand years ago." Or Walt Disney advertising "All children are welcome to Disneyland! Except the Jews. Jew kids are Christ killers and are stained by sin and will burn in Hell. Please don't bring your Jew kids."

Religious moderates that overlook superstition of this type do so out of a "I don't fuck with you, you don't fuck with me" attitude, or more pointedly, "I don't tell you how ridiculous and illogical your 'unclean' ideas are, and you don't tell me the same about my 'holy trinity' ideas."

And so the wheel keeps turning...

Re:Pig parts? (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 7 years ago | (#18074918)

Actually, this religious dogma of "uncleanliness" has its roots in past health experiences. It's well known that humans will get infected from pig meet unless it's cooked very well from a wild source. Even if they're domesticated, the risk is just too high. Also, some forms of shell fish are dangerous too unless cooked well.

In the past, both Jews and Muslims were not knowledgeable in biology. What they did know however is that there's a "cause and effect". So rather trying to explain the science behind these issues, it was a lot simpler to tell your followers that "this is bad hmmm k, don't eat it". And so, the words enshrouded in religion because ever entrenched into their daily lives.

While religion has killed many lives through conflict, no doubt it also saved many lives.

Re:Pig parts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18074876)

I wonder how the Muslim and Jewish communities would react to this technology, as it involves materials taken from an animal that those religions traditionally view as "unclean". Would they reject it on those grounds?

I see religion as a tool to help people deal with their emotions and to make morally (or practically) "good" decisions. Most of the traditions that don't deal with moral issues were created to deal with practical issues -- keeping kosher, for example, was a good way to avoid eating spoiled food. I find the idea of "orthodox religion" -- that is, keeping to tradition simply because it's tradition -- absurd, and the people who follow it irrational.

So, my attitude in this case would be very simple: I don't care, and I think if they reject it, it's their problem. It's the same as rejecting any other medical treatment for any religious reason: perfectly within someone's freedom to choose, and perfectly foolish in my mind.

I know this seems sort of harsh, but I've seen too many stories about people who follow their religion so literally that they either kill people over it, do utterly foolish things, or die because they expected $DEITY to save them. IT's like the old joke:

A guy's in a house, and it's flooding. First a guy comes by in a canoe, offering him a ride. "No, my God will save me," he says. Next, after the water has filled the first floor of his house, a motorboat pulls up and offers to rescue him. "No, my God will save me," he says. Last, as the water is reaching the tip of the roof, a helicopter lowers a ladder down to him, and he still refuses. The water washes over him, he drowns, and he arrives at the Pearly Gates. "I thought you saved your believers!" he fumed to God. "I sent you a canoe, a motorboat, and a helicopter? What more do you want?!" responded God.

In other words, God can act through other humans.

Misleading headline (3, Funny)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073042)

Phew! Upon first reading that headline, I got an image of disembodied bits, growing ever larger, shuffling closer inexorably. I was about ready to look for a shotgun, or at least a shovel.

Re:Misleading headline (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18073262)

It's not misleading if you have a proper handle on the English language. You were thinking of "Regrown body parts getting closer all the time"

Re:Misleading headline (1)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073568)

It's not misleading if you have a proper handle on the English language. You were thinking of "Regrown body parts getting closer all the time"

      Ah, yes. That totally deunobfuscated it for me. It's my damned shovels I want proper handles on, more now than ever.

Question to a doctor I'd like to kill (4, Funny)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073052)

Can I have my foreskin back now, please?

Re:Question to a doctor I'd like to kill (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18073340)

That aint gonna make it any bigger.

Sorry, but I can't resist... (2, Funny)

skoaldipper (752281) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073590)

Spievack talking about the regrowth of his finger said, "it's a little hard, as if calloused, and there's a slight scar on the end. The nail continues to grow at twice the speed of his other nails."

John Bobitt, you reading this?

Re:Question to a doctor I'd like to kill (1, Troll)

sqrt(2) (786011) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073516)

What I hate about people who complain about this is that they don't even know for sure what they're missing. You'd have to have experienced living both cut and uncut to know what was better, and men who get it done later in life don't count for various reasons. I'd suggest you don't spend so much time thinking about a rather insignificant fold of skin (previously) attached to your penis; the amount of fervor (on BOTH sides) amazes me.

Re:Question to a doctor I'd like to kill (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18073638)

That's why I'm having my daughter excised. Oh what's that? Women are a protected class?

Re:Question to a doctor I'd like to kill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18073700)

It's a logical fallacy in this debate to equate males with females, you're not going to convince anyone of anything with such flawed arguments.

Re:Question to a doctor I'd like to kill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18074028)

Can you define which type of logical fallacy it is to equate removing part of one gender's genitals with the other? I eagerly await your answer. So why is it OK, even mandated, to circumsize boys, but a crime against humanity to do the same for girls? I'm sure I can find some BS "study" to show that it reduces cervical cancer...

Re:Question to a doctor I'd like to kill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18074178)

Yeah, I know what you mean. Ever since I saw a news story about this terribly flawed scientific study, I don't trust ANY of those darn scientists! What do they know?

Re:Question to a doctor I'd like to kill (1)

snoyberg (787126) | more than 7 years ago | (#18074344)

Because it is argued by those who perform the male circumcisions that the benefits for the child outweigh the detriments. I'm not aware of those recommending female circumcision making such claims.

Re:Question to a doctor I'd like to kill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18075260)

So if I argue that cutting off your head to reduce brain cancer outweighs the detriments, I can do it? Wow, I can re-shape the universe !!!


Hint: Arguing something doesn't make it so...

Because it's not analogous. (2, Informative)

Grendel Drago (41496) | more than 7 years ago | (#18074888)

Please read this list. [wikipedia.org] Just because both procedures are labeled "circumcision" does not make them equivalent. The equivalent of "female circumcision" is, at the very least, removal of the entire penis.

Re:Question to a doctor I'd like to kill (5, Insightful)

UnrefinedLayman (185512) | more than 7 years ago | (#18074602)

Hi, I'd like to cut off part of your dick. May I? What do you mean, no? How do you know it isn't better until you've lived both ways? I promise I will only cut off an insignificant part of your dick.

We're talking about involuntary and medically unnecessary genital mutilation of infants. We're talking about cutting off part of your dick. That bears repeating: We're talking about taking a knife to your dick and cutting off part of your dick. The fact that you're not on your way to your nearest Rabbi right now to have part of your dick cut off entirely invalidates and undermines your position.

Not only that, but you say You can't complain without having experienced it both ways. Oh, and if you are one of the few men that have lived both ways, your opinion doesn't matter. QED.

What amazes me is people who say "What's the big deal?" If it's no big deal for it to happen (which requires time and effort and has no logical or medical basis) then it's certainly less of a deal not to do it at all (which requires neither time nor effort, and doing nothing does not require a reason), therefore the logical choice is not to do it. When someone is old enough to make a conscious decision to have their genitals mutilated they can feel free (can't you hear the stampede of men rushing to have it done?).

Just remember, your lack of knowledge and understanding of the issue of male genital mutilation does not make your position the right one. You clearly demonstrate your dearth of insight (bifurcation, believing the issue is only about the possession or not of a foreskin, logical self-contradiction), so before you so quickly dismiss and insult people passionate about the topic perhaps you should try learning a thing or two first.

Re:Question to a doctor I'd like to kill (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18074698)

When someone is old enough to make a conscious decision to have their genitals mutilated they can feel free (can't you hear the stampede of men rushing to have it done?)
I can tell you with certainty that I and every man I know would have it done had they not gotten it done right after birth. Why would I want to see something attached to my body that looks like a shriveled up turd every day? Also, some news for you: chicks don't like it either, no matter what your wife/girlfriend tells you.

You're just jealous because your mom didn't spring for the extra features.

Re:Question to a doctor I'd like to kill (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18075184)

Also, some news for you: chicks don't like it either, no matter what your wife/girlfriend tells you.

Thank you for that insight into the personal tastes of three billion people you'll never meet.

Re:Question to a doctor I'd like to kill (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18075282)

I can tell you with certainty that I and every man I know would have it done had they not gotten it done right after birth. Why would I want to see something attached to my body that looks like a shriveled up turd every day? Also, some news for you: chicks don't like it either, no matter what your wife/girlfriend tells you. You're just jealous because your mom didn't spring for the extra features.


Now that's an insane argument. No matter what your wife/girlfriend tells you, they don't like a natural penis?
I'm from Europe and I have never even seen a circumsized dick in my life (or heard of anyone who has it). I guess there's not enough Jews around here anymore.
And I must say you have a problem with yourself if you think a natural penis looks like a "shriveled up turd".
Now I don't give a shit if you or your parents keep the Jewish tradition of cutting of parts of the penis, but don't assume that the rest of the world would also like to do it.
Personally I think it's seems like a weird tradition, but looking around the globe you will find tons of pointless illogical traditions being upheld because a grandfather did it, so whatever floats your boat I guess.
Just don't assume that the rest of the world looks upon a particular tradition of your culture as the norm or ideal.

Re:Question to a doctor I'd like to kill (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#18074716)

I have had an intelligent friend blame the less-than-chaste behavior of an intact friend on his being intact. It is a long hill to climb.

You are absolutely wrong. (1)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 7 years ago | (#18075246)

The pros and cons of circumcision can be debated all day long, but the statement of "medically unnecessary genital mutilation of infants." is just simply wrong. There is this thing called "skin adhesions" that happen between the shaft/foreskin and the head of the penis. In circumcised boys, this can be inconvenient. In extreme cases, it can lead to permanent minor disfigurement. In uncircumcised boys, the problems can be much worse, and are much more likely to take place. There are a whole group of medical problems that circumcision prevents, and there a many men who end up having to get them later in life when they are MUCH more traumatic because of them.

Re:Question to a doctor I'd like to kill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18074760)

What I hate about people who complain about this is that they don't even know for sure what they're missing.

Huh? And that makes it alright? Hey, why not blind babies at birth, after all, they'll never know what they are missing?

You'd have to have experienced living both cut and uncut to know what was better, and men who get it done later in life don't count for various reasons.

Various reasons being "because I say so"?

Thank you for your recent enquiry regarding transp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18073762)

I am pleased to let you know that a procedure has been developed to restore a fully functioning foreskined penis via a pig-powder-enriched dental implant.

Please be advised that the procedure might require mandibular distraction to prevent airway obstruction as the implant develops.

Re:Question to a doctor I'd like to kill (2, Funny)

couchslug (175151) | more than 7 years ago | (#18074016)

"Sorry, your parents told me to keep the tip".

Thanks, I'll be here all night.

Hmmmmmm... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18073094)

Regrowing Lost Body Parts Getting Closer All the Time
Should I be concerned that this story was submitted by someone named [TheBORG]?

Not as strange as you'd think. (3, Interesting)

cfulmer (3166) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073098)

Since at least the civil war, if patients have portions of their extremities cut off, doctors have been sewing the severed tip back into good flesh, so the extremity can regrow. An acquaintance lost about 1/2 an inch off the tip of his finger. The surgeon cut a slit in the palm of his hand, stuck the finger in there and sewed it back up. A few months later, presto! new finger.

Re:Not as strange as you'd think. (2, Insightful)

flaming error (1041742) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073184)

Not so strange, you say? I'm not sure which I'd prefer: a severed fingertip growing out of my palm, or some alien organism based on powdered pig bladder growing out my fingertip.

Re:Not as strange as you'd think. (2, Insightful)

BobPaul (710574) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073270)

That's a little bit different. In your story they have the original body part that was severed and were just keeping it alive. In the article they are talking about if, say, a finger were completely lost. It was cut/blown off and couldn't be retrieved. Making a new finger requires bone, muscle, tendon, cartilage for joints, nerves, etc. Creating all of these from scratch is something we've wanted to be able to do for years, and it looks like we're making steady progress towards that end

well (1, Insightful)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073102)

in about 15 years or so, I'm going to need a new liver.

You guys wanna get on that? thx in advance.

Regrowing Teeth (1)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073120)

The regrowing teeth thing would be awesome. I am missing one of my molars due to a botched filling (and subsequent failed root canal after which the tooth had to be extracted). It sucks - my dental health is generally great except for one tooth missing. I've seen a local dental surgeon about getting an implant in (I'll be doing this as soon as I can get the funds set aside for the procedure - about $4k for the one tooth including the crown on the implant), but having a REAL tooth back there would be simply amazing. Not that this will hit common-man affordable levels anytime soon, but still cool :).

Re:Regrowing Teeth (1)

mastershake_phd (1050150) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073394)

I wonder if a dental implant would damage where the tooth goes, preventing you from regrowing one.

Re:Regrowing Teeth (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#18074750)

*Waves hands*

Then they'll just do the whole jaw.

Re:Regrowing Teeth (1)

50000BTU_barbecue (588132) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073876)

So I guess you have an Inconvenient Tooth, huh?

Seconded! (1)

Grendel Drago (41496) | more than 7 years ago | (#18074992)

Darn skippy. I'd like to get me some of those replacement teeth, too. A youthful addiction to gummi bears has left me with less-than-optimal chompers, and I'd be most interested in getting new ones, even if it meant being on a liquid diet for six months or a year or whatever.

Pork Belly Futures? (2, Funny)

GIL_Dude (850471) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073152)

Anyone? Darn - that was the first thing I thought of. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pork_belly [wikipedia.org] I guess the price will be going up...

Not interested yet (1)

Freaky Spook (811861) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073156)

Come back to me when they have worked out how to grow a new liver.

*Pours bourbon into coffee & gets on with another ISP support call*

Teeth. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18073186)

Let's work on regrowing teeth. I have a porcelain tooth and it sucks.

New Meaning. (1)

MBCook (132727) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073194)

It seems to me, that if the product was created correctly, this could give new meaning to the phrase tooth paste.

Class clowns around the world are waiting in eager anticipation.

i'd like a larger weenur plz... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18073198)

macslash is teh new trolltalk

ep!$! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18073206)

GNAA has grown new appendages (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18073216)

they really huge

Re: Regrowing Lost Body Parts Getting Closer All (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18073268)

Fun fact. Everything in the future is getting closer all the time.

Re: Regrowing Lost Body Parts Getting Closer All (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#18074934)

(only if the universe is closed)

Dirty Bene Tleilax (1)

INeededALogin (771371) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073306)

If these people read Herbert... they would know that regrowing limbs will turn you into a short gnome creature that everyone hates.

Obligatory Monty Python Ref (3, Funny)

hobo sapiens (893427) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073314)

the experimental use of powdered pig bladder to regrow fingers and eventually lost limbs for soldiers and others in need from
BEDEVERE: And that, my lord, is how we know the Earth to be banana-shaped.

ARTHUR: This new learning amazes me, Sir Bedevere. Explain again how sheep's bladders may be employed to prevent earthquakes.

BEDEVERE: OF course, my Liege ...

Further research areas (2, Funny)

imbaczek (690596) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073372)

Further research, as pointed by scientists, should include regrowing brains in politicians. There are doubts, however, whether this is at all possible, as some researchers say indicated subjects don't have any brain to start with.

Re:Further research areas (2, Insightful)

kanweg (771128) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073994)

Sorry, twice the brain size makes them just twice as stupid. In that, they don't differ from regular people from, say, [state suppressed].

Bert

Overdue Oblig (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073438)

I for one welcome our half-snorting overlords. (Please, no bacon jokes, it offends them.)
     

oh great... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18073458)

soon the tweakers will have pretty smiles again! if they can just steal enough radios....

I have a friend who may do research in this area.. (2, Informative)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073476)

Wake Forest University's got an Institute for Regenerative Medicine [wfubmc.edu] in their medical school. I have a friend (just a pre-med undergraduate) who might get to do some research there this summer and is really excited about the possibility. It's neat stuff.

John Wayne Bobbitt this is for you (2, Funny)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073526)

I am sure Mr John Wayne Bobbitt will welcome this news and appreciate it greatly. :-)

Hitchhikers Guide reference (4, Funny)

edwardpickman (965122) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073538)

"I grew that one for you baby."

Yo0 FAIL 1t!? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18073562)

I7S DYING. FACT: [goat.cx]

Getting Closer All the Time (1)

gone_bush (578354) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073718)

Hmm, now let me see what else is getting "closer all the time". How about "Sun becomes a Red Giant - Mankind becomes extinct". Or "Politician keeps promise".

Wait a minute, one of those isn't getting any closer!

You can't make a purse from a sow's ear... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18073728)

...but aparrently, you can make a finger from its bladder.

Ambiguous title (2, Funny)

StrawberryFrog (67065) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073766)

I read that as "Regrowing, Lost Body Parts Getting Closer All the Time" which is frankly nightmarish. I need more sleep. It should have been "Regrowing Lost Body Parts is Getting Closer All the Time"

Regrow foreskin? (1)

elsrod (572637) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073768)

Just wondering how many might opt to do so...we took regeneration tech into consideration when debating circumcision for our son...

what the fuck? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18075164)

So one of you had doubts about permanently taking out part of your kid's erogenous tissue without asking his consent, and the other thought it was a bad idea.

But the one who wanted to take it out used the argument that "hey, even if this is a mistake, we can grow it back later?" Seriously, what the fuck?? You (or your spouse) seriously acknowledged the possibility it would be a mistake, but then dismissed that based on some kind of faith in Star Trek technology? This is your kid you're talking about, do you love him or do you treat him as some kind of bonsai plant to trim for your aesthetic pleasure?

You know I'm about to convert all my money into gold. And then I'm going to throw it off the golden gate bridge. You know, because on Star Trek they can replicate gold with no trouble at all. I mean, science today can make gold in infinitesimally small amounts with nuclear reactors, so hey, the replicator must be around the corner. Common sense out the window!

They're Getting CLOSER!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18073784)

RUN! Maybe we can lose 'em!

New way to do sex change (2, Interesting)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 7 years ago | (#18073830)

I wonder if this will be used in the long haul for sex change operations/transgender. May be easier and cheaper to biologically force the change.

Husbands rejoice... (1)

akunkel (74144) | more than 7 years ago | (#18074038)

Now we have to figure out how to hide that we are growing a spare penis since our wives won't let us leave home with our primary pecker.

I heard.... (2, Funny)

Dues (786223) | more than 7 years ago | (#18074258)

I heard if you cut off an extremity it will grow back even bigger.... ...Don't believe it.

T-bag (1)

heffrey (229704) | more than 7 years ago | (#18074302)

Just a shame this will come too late for the lovely Mr. Theodore Bagwell......

Thompson's Teeth (1)

barrkel (806779) | more than 7 years ago | (#18074376)

... The only teeth strong enough to eat other teeth.

That's what I'm holding out for.

rip-off (1)

rawshark (603493) | more than 7 years ago | (#18074496)

this is all based on work shamefully stolen from Dr Curt Connors of Empire State U.

Sounds familiar... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18074502)

.. from 2004, so casshern like http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405821/ [imdb.com]

A better title would be... (1)

NoseBag (243097) | more than 7 years ago | (#18074616)

..."The possibility of regenerating lost parts is growing."

I'm not impressed yet. (1)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | more than 7 years ago | (#18075092)

1) The teeth were regrown using cells harvested from tooth buds - in other words, cells that were already programmed to make teeth, in the stage corresponding to the structure they intended to implant.

What's the improvement on just transplanting the tooth buds?
  - Can they make MORE teeth than the number of harvested buds? (That's good if true.)
  - Proving that they can grow teeth in an adult animal? (That's good, if true.)

But it doesn't look like any magic yet.

2) The finger tip in question was cut off just beyond the start of the nail bed.

I used to work for a fellow who had lost a finger just beyond the end of the nail bed. It grew back without any pig bladder extract. A little stubby, but a full, functional finger - nail fingerprint, feeling, and all.

He said the doctors told him that finger tips generally grow back just fine unless they are cut so far back that none of the nail bed is left.

Perhaps there's something to the pig bladder extract - say, in the military research on fingers cut off farther back. But this particular example doesn't show anything new that can't be done without it.

that's awesome! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18075106)

it's been really embarassing having to out in public without an appendix for the last seven years... :D

New wave of spam? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18075328)

"Increase the size AND NUMBER of your body parts..."
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