Check out the strangest things grown in a lab! From stem cells to weird science experiments, this top 10 list of amazing technology is a must see!
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11. Ear Mouse
In the early days of medicine, transplanting one human’s limb to another’s was no doubt considered an absurd idea. Nevertheless it has been a main goal for the medical and scientific community.
Once we had accomplished the level of skill and created the techniques needed to complete both basic and advanced transplantation, we’ve moved onto even more shocking goals.
Since we can now transplant body parts, the medical community is now beginning to try to create the body parts that they need to transplant. There are only so many human donors at any given time, and unfortunately many needy and deserving patients have to go without organ transplants and limbs.
The Vacanti Mouse was a mouse that was created in a lab. The mouse had what looked like a human ear growing on its back; however, the “ear” like growth was just an ear-shaped structure that had been created by implanting cow cartilage into an ear-shaped mold that had been placed under the mouse’s skin.
Pictures of the Vacanti Mouse circulated around the internet for a time and it was nicknamed “ear mouse” by web users. The pictures prompted an animal cruelty outrage. The scientist who were responsible for its creation argued they were trying to advance the modern medical field by giving people body parts they were missing.
10 Diesel Fuel-Making Bacteria
Everyone is worried about the state of our energy consumption, especially when you look at it on a global scale. Oil and gas are not sustainable sources of energy, since they’re derived from nonrenewable sources. However, our current methods of producing green energy aren’t powerful, cost effective, or efficient enough to really allow us to completely convert to sustainable resources.
Not to mention the fact that the modern infrastructure that’s been built up around a gasoline-powered world would cost billions to replace.
However, while all of these are very real worries, science might just come to our rescue.
Scientists in Silicon Valley have been able to genetically alter a naturally occurring bacteria that can eat waste and excrete oil. If the testing of this bacteria proves that the oil created can be produced cheaply and on a massive scale, then the foreign and domestic oil sectors may be taking a big hit in their pocket books soon. Imagine! Just feed your bacteria and collect oil! You might not even need a lab, just your own kitchen! I wonder what kind of waste they are feeding them?
9 Human Trachea
The first lab-created, completely working organ to ever be transplanted into a patient was actually a human trachea.
The organ was created by planting stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow and seeding them onto a specially designed scaffolding that had been modeled after the trachea of a recently deceased organ donor.
The patient had severely damaged her trachea while suffering from a very serious case. After she received her transplant, however, she quickly proceeded to heal up completely and received a clean bill of health from her doctors.
The transplanting of lab-grown organs is still in its infancy, but it’s a field that offers a whole lot of promise for anyone who might be seriously injured in the future.
Another of the first, initial forays into custom-creating organs for those in need, without a single donor having to pass away, is a lab-grown bladder. It is among one of the few organs that has successfully been implanted into a needy patient.
Bladders are very simple structures and are really just hollow balloons that collect urine that’s produced by the human kidneys. It was because of this simplicity of design that scientists at Wake Forest University in the American state of North Carolina chose a bladder to begin their research into growing human organs.
The Wake Forest researchers removed bladder cells from the needy patients that they were working with and transferred those cells onto a scaffolding in the desired shape of bladders. They the nurtured and developed these cells into expanding and growing for around seven weeks (sounds like we are talking about growing a garden). Just water for 7 weeks and voila!
All in all, the scientists produced seven bladders for seven different patients within the seven week time frame, all of which were implanted without a problem or hitch of any kind along the way. 7 is definitely the lucky number in this case!