25 Strangest Things Growing In A Lab

From agriculture to building dams, humanity has always tried to bend nature to its advantage. With stem cells and genetic engineering, we’ve reached a totally new level of control. As we speak, researchers are pushing the boundaries of science and making science fiction, science fact. They’re able to grow the strangest things in a lab that, frankly, doesn’t seem like they should be possible. Yet, by opening up the possibility, many patients with illnesses and disabilities may have a second chance in the future. But, maybe that’ll cause more problems than it’s worth? Get ready to go into uncharted territory! Here are 25 Strangest Things Growing In A Lab.

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Mouse Growing a Human Ear

mouseSource: https://journals.lww.com/plasreconsurg/Citation/1997/08000/Transplantation_of_Chondrocytes_Utilizing_a.1.aspx

At the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University, scientists have successfully grown an adult-sized ear on the back of a mouse. They were able to do it using stem cells and hope they can begin human trials in five years.


Human Trachea

tracheaSource: https://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-07/using-lab-grown-trachea-surgeons-conduct-worlds-first-synthetic-organ-transplant

Researchers at Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden were able to grow a human trachea from stem cells. But, on top of that, they transplanted it into a cancer patient who had a tumor blocking his airway.


Rat Limb

rat handSource: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22630243-300-worlds-first-biolimb-rat-forelimb-grown-in-the-lab/

Harald Ott of Massachusetts General Hospital was successfully able to grow a rat limb from living cells. He’s using it as a model for future tests. They believe a primate’s arm could be next, which could mean amputees could theoretically get a replacement arm in the future.



mosquitoSource: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/bj75z5/epa-lab-grown-killer-mosquitoes

You’d think the last thing we’d want is more mosquitoes. But in this case, the United States approved of mosquitoes grown in a lab specifically designed to carry a bacteria that kills other mosquitoes carrying diseases like Zika and dengue.


Beating Hearts

heartSource: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2669350/Beating-human-hearts-grown-lab-Tiny-organs-infected-disease-test-pioneering-drugs.html

Scientists at Abertay University in Scotland have discovered a way to grow small beating hearts in their lab. With stem cells, they grew them to a minuscule 0.04 inches (1 mm) to find ways to treat heart hypertrophy.

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