There is no doubt that science has made incredible breakthroughs in the past 100 years. This is especially true in medicine and biological engineering. From lifesaving vaccines to revolutionary surgeries, science has vastly improved our quality of life.
Progress requires researchers to innovate new solutions to age-old problems. Behind every medical discovery, there’s a laboratory full of fascinating ideas. Sometimes, these experiments raise ethical questions. But mostly, they are interesting approaches to pesky problems.
And what solution is more creative than growing something in a lab from scratch? Here are 10 fascinating lab-grown items we might not have expected.
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In 2016, researchers in the US successfully implanted lab-engineered bones into 14 adult Yucatan mini pigs. None of the pigs rejected the new organs after surgery. Quite the opposite. The blood vessels inside the lab-grown bones seamlessly integrated themselves into the pigs’ preexisting circulatory systems.
How was all of this possible?
To get the process started, scientists scanned the pigs’ jawbones and mapped their structures. They then created matching cell-free scaffolds out of cow bones. These structures were injected with the pigs’ stem cells and soaked in a nutrient-rich solution. The result was fully functional, living bone. weird things,weird things,weird things