×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Man grows back finger after applying "Pixie du

doomy (7461) writes | more than 5 years ago

Biotech 1

doomy (7461) writes "Mr. Lee Spievak, a sixty nine year old man who lost part of his finger in an accident was able to grow it back with help of a new medical breakthrough loving dubbed "Pixie dust". His brother, Alan Spievak, who works in the field of regenerative medicine supplied him with this almost magical powder. "Pixel Dust", scientifically called extra cellular matrix was created at the University of Pittsburgh through a process that involved scraping the cells from the lining of a pig's bladder and converting it into a sterilized dust. It took less than four weeks for Mr. Spievak to grow back his severed finger along with new nerves, tissues, skin and even a brand new finger nail. The whole process is documented graphically in this bbc video. The US military is also interested in this breakthrough and researchers hope that this dust would lead to tissue regrowth on entire limbs and organs. The dust is currently being tried out on a cancer patient to stimulate regrowth of healthy tissues in her cancerous esophagus."
Link to Original Source

1 comment

Check for New Comments
Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Sign up for Slashdot Newsletters
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...