Organs Tailor-Made With Bodyâ€™s Own Cells
For decades, the field of regenerative medicine has been promising a future of ready-made replacement organs â€” livers, kidneys, even hearts â€” built in the laboratory. For the most part that future has remained a science-fiction fantasy. Now, however, researchers like Dr. Paolo Macchiarini, at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm are building organs with a different approach, using the bodyâ€™s cells and letting the body itself do most of the work.
â€œThe human body is so beautiful, Iâ€™m convinced we must use it in the most proper way,â€ said Macchiarini, a surgeon who runs a laboratory that is a leader in the field, also called tissue engineering.