If you happen to have watched the latest Spiderman flick, 'The Amazing Spiderman', the image of the Scientist-turned-Lizard Villain is fresh in your memories. In the movie, a scientist tries re-generating his missing arm by combining human genes and salamander genes - the animal with a natural gift to re-grow its limbs. The experiment doesn't give desired results and so we have a perfect villain against spiderman. But, this sci-fi adventure could soon to become a reality - in a much more positive way. The researchers in the regenerative medicine labs are working on a new field of science that could let us replace or repair damaged organs. But of course, they'd never combine human genes with those of animal genes - there are safer methods.
Koudy Williams, D.V.M., and a self-proclaimed "Spider-Man geek" says, "As a child, I always wanted to be Spider-Man. But now I have the next-best thing. I'm a researcher who uses some of the same technology as Spider-Man." Among the three strategies these researchers are working on - one is using a patient's own cells and an organ-shaped mold to engineer replacement organs. Bladders, urine tubes and sections of windpipes have already been built in this way and implanted in humans. Second strategy is of injecting healing cells into a diseased organ, while the third method which is most-close to Spider-Man Movie is to use certain molecules to make healing from within possible. We are excited to see how organs take shape in near future, are you? Share with us in comments.
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