Scientists grow a human lung in a lab


I KNOW I’M A NERD. THIS IS SUCH AN AMAZING THING. THEY STARTED THIS WHEN THEY TOOK TWO CHILDREN WHO UNFORTUNATELY DIED IN CAR BEINGS AND TOOK ONE OF THEM AND TOOK THAT LINE AND COULDN’T BE USED FOR TRANSPLANTS. THEY STRIPPED IT AND CAUGHT WHAT THEY CALLED A SCAFFOLD. THINK OF IT AS THE SKELETON OF THE LUNG. ANOTHER CHILD HAD ALSO DIED, PROBABLY IN A CAR ACCIDENT. THE LUNG COULDN’T BE USED FOR TRANSPLANT AND THEY TOOK THE CELLS OUT THAT WAS AND PUT IT ON TOP OF THE SCAFFOLD AND PUT IT INTO THE SHAME BER AND LET IT GROW FOR A WHILE AND THEY GOT A LUNG. IT’S A LUNG WAS MADE IN A LAB.>>HOW LONG BEFORE DOCTORS CAN USE THESE IN REAL PATIENTS IN. >>IT WILL TAKE A LONG TIME. IT WILL BE 10 OR 12 YEARS BEFORE WE TRY THIS OUT IN HUMANS. THEY WILL TRY IT IN PIGS FIRST AND IN HUMANS. THEY DON’T KNOW ABOUT THIS GAS EXCHANGE AND EXCHANGING THE GASSES THAT NEED TO BE DONE. IT’S NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME AT ALL.>>SORRY THIS THE BEGINNING OF OTHER BODY PARTS.>>OTHERS ARE FURTHER ALONG.>>REALLY?>>LIKE TRACHEAS. YOU AND I TALKED ABOUT A COMPLETELY SYNTHETIC TRACHEA THAT WAS PUT IN IN 2011.>>SEVEN PATIENTS HAVE BEEN GIVEN NEW TRACHEAS. THEY HAVE DONE QUITE WELL. THIS IS A NEW ERA OF ENGINEERED BODY PARTS AND THE HOLY GRAIL IS TO ENGINEER ORGANS BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR