New Organs Are Possible, Even Artificial Vag!nas

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By: Krystle Crossman

Right now there are organs growing in dishes in a lab. They have been created from organ cells and innovation. Eight years ago five women who were diagnosed with a genetic disorder called Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser-Syndrome were given the chance to have artificial [email protected] surgically transplanted. MRKHS causes women to have an undeveloped uterus and [email protected] or they do not have one at all. The women all underwent the surgery with the lab-grown organs and are all doing very well.

When they create the organs in the lab they use cells from the patient that will be receiving it. Doing this gives the patient a much lower chance of rejection after the transplant. A biodegradable scaffolding is created as a mold that the cells can grow around to mimic the shape of the organ. The cells come from the vu!va and the mold that is created is created for each individual woman.

Since the transplants the doctors have been doing yearly biopsies to make sure that everything is working as it should and that there are no abnormal cells that are growing. They stated that the functions of the tissues are almost exactly like a “normal” [email protected] They stated that this option for a transplant is much better than previous methods because there is a lower chance of rejection and it more closely mimics the functions of real tissues. It also requires a much smaller tissue sample meaning a less invasive procedure to begin with.

This type of reconstruction could have many different uses and is much safer than creating an artificial [email protected] that is made out of plastics. It has more of a normal feel for the women that get the transplant as well.

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