The Lancet online reports that scientists have managed for the first time to grow bladders from patients’ own cells and transplant them into seven patients ranging from 4 years to 19 years old. Researchers at Boston’s Children’s Hospital removed the tissue from the patients and grew the cells on bladder-shaped scaffolds of collagen. The 1.5 billion cells where then transplanted into the patients’ original and partly working bladders, preventing incontinence. Lead researcher, Dr. Anthony Atala says that “tissue engineering may one day be a solution to the shortage of donor organs in this country for those needing transplants”.
Lancet Online 4th April 2006