Scientists Engineer Lab-Grown Vaginas

Four women with a genetic condition took part in a ground-breaking study.
1:56 | 04/18/14

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We're reporting on this series of patients who were born with mild form. Or -- and -- organs and we were able takes his small piece of their -- created an organ. That we were then able to -- back into the patient. And we now show up to an eight year follow up. We put those organs showing functionalities. With a process we take a very small piece of tissue from a patient. Less than half the size of postage stamp. And we then -- -- apart and -- separately. Would take a scaffold. And we code to scaffold with the cells putting one so -- on one side. Another -- -- and the other side very much like making a sandwich if you will. We then reconfigure. That structure into the shape of the organ. And we input into this -- like device has the same conditions as a human body. So with -- tissue can mature before we planted back into the patient these patients present with malformed or absent or -- And -- -- -- that this severe. Then. Usually. Patients require the creation of the organ with other tissues that don't belong there. And long term they may have problems with those two issues so -- -- -- -- their very own selves we can create the very same issue. That was supposed to be there we've done extensive studies -- the last twenty years on this technology so we know that once you plan. The -- with the cells. The scaffold will go away. Well themselves laid down their own natural scaffold. And then the body recognizes -- that -- passes patience on -- You know this technology. Is another sample of how these strategies for every ten minutes and can be used. To make patients' lives better.

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