Skip to comments.Lab-Grown Vaginas Implanted Successfully In 4 Teenagers
Posted on 01/02/2015 8:25:02 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine
Ever since scientists grew a human bladder in a laboratory in 1996, researchers have continued to develop more complex organs. Beating human hearts have also been grown in the lab and infected with disease to test various drugs. As a result of these medical advancements, people have had their lives changed for the better.
For example, there have been multiple windpipe replacements, tear duct replacements, artery transplants, bladder transplants and more. The development of lab-built body parts is on the rise as a result of a shortage of organ donors, and many of these organs are built with the recipients own cells. This is the power of regenerative medicine.
One of the most recent successful lab grown organ transplants is the female vagina. Researchers were able to successfully implant lab-grown vaginas into 4 teenage girls, and the results were published earlier this year. Tissue samples from the poorly developed vulva as well as a biodegradable scaffold were used.
We were able to shape the scaffold specifically for each patient, and place this device with the cells in a bioreactor which is an ovenlike device and has the same conditions as the human body for about a week, until it was slightly more mature. (source) Dr. Anthony Atala, lead researcher, director of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centres Institute for regenerative medicine.
They grew each vagina from the cells of each patient and then implanted them. So far so good, as the patients are now able to be sexually active and have reported normal functioning (several years later). All of the women reported normal levels of desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm and satisfaction. The study was published earlier this year in the journal Lancet. (1)
The vaginas were constructed at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre in North Carolina.
Really for the first time weve created a whole organ that was never there to start with, it was a challenge. A functioning vagina was a very important thing for these womens lives and witnessing the difference it made to them was very rewarding to see. (source) Dr. Anthony Atala
This is a huge step in the world of regenerative medicine, as this particular breakthrough could be used to possibly treat vaginal cancer, injuries, and those who require reconstructive surgery.
A lot of what we are doing right now is really applicable to patients who have a deformity or abnormal organs for many other conditions of course, the most prominent being cancer and patients who may have an injury in the area. (source) Dr. Anthony Atala
The process of growing the vagina only took 4 to 6 weeks, and the girls at the time of their surgeries were between 13 and 18 years old. The researchers followed up with them every year for five to eight years and examined the organs multiple times to see if everything was going well. As mentioned earlier, everything is and child birth is not expected to be a problem.
There have been some pretty remarkable transplants in the world of medicine, but its harder to transplant an organ thats grown in a lab. It definitely becomes easier when researchers use the patients own tissue to grow the organ, that way the body is less likely to reject it, and does not have to be put on meds in order to force the body to accept it.
The girls in this particular study had a congenital deformation called Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, which currently affects between 1 in 1500, and one in 4000 female infants.
Although there is much to change when it comes to modern day medicine, advancements like these are promising and have the power to change peoples lives for the better, forever. Who knows, maybe one day successful organ transplants from the patients own tissue will be able to be done with any organ, the science is looking promising. Imagine being able to replace an unhealthy heart with a completely new healthy heart, grown from your own tissue.
Heres a visual breakdown on how its done. (video at link)
I think all comments should defer until Laz chimes in.
Might make a handy watch fob.
No, I can’t say it.
I clicked on this to see what sort of comments would be here. Can’t wait to see others chime in given the subject matter.
This will be great news to the trans whatever peoples. They are focused on their sex change operations and what their private parts look like afterwards
“I don’t know what it is but that chick is starting to grow one me”
This will be great news to the trans whatever peoples.
I thought that was what this actually was about, ie, the “target audience” of this technology. Glad to find out it is actually being used to fix a congenital (no pun intended) defect instead of being used in support of a mental illness.
Put one of these things on a non speaking android and ya might just have something.
Implanted in 4 teens? Why would they implant vaginas into 12 to 30 year old black males?
I can just see the transgender crowd queuing up for the next available who-ha.
What was that song in the 60’s -
Tell me, over and over and over again, my friend,
that you don’t believe, we’re on the eve of destruction.
This is freaky stuff.
Oh, the jokes just write themselves...
This would be of interest to young ladies who escape from the mohamad moon cult.
Tough to grow your own from a part you never had.
Here's a couple of references that might help you understand:
Treatment means these women can have a normal sex life, and have children.
It isn’t the “science” at fault here. It is how it is used.
That’s my thought exactly. If this is a viable option for those real females that need it, it will be abused, misused and end up costing taxpayers a pantload in the name of ‘transgender’.
Could there be a GLTQB (or whatever it is now) element to this research?
From Tim the Tool Man Taylor?
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