World’s First BIOLIMB Created: Dead Arm ‘Brought Back To Life’ In The Lab Could Allow Amputees To Grow Replacement Limbs

In a world first, a living arm has been grown in a lab. Attached to a rat, the ‘biolimb’ quickly filled with blood and the animal was even able to flex its new paw. The research from Massachusetts General Hospital in the US could lead to amputees growing their own replacement limbs. Dr Daniel Weiss, an organ regeneration expert at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, said: ‘This is science fiction coming to life.’ Researcher Dr Harald Ott of the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Surgery said: ‘We are focusing on the forearm and hand.’But the techniques would equally apply to arms, legs and other extremities.’

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