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Just wait until this becomes mainstream.....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26885335

Doctors implant lab-grown vagina

Scans of the pelvic region were used to design a tube like 3D-scaffold for each patient

Four women have had new vaginas grown in the laboratory and implanted by doctors in the US.

A tissue sample and a biodegradable scaffold were used to grow vaginas in the right size and shape for each woman as well as being a tissue match.

They all reported normal levels of "desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction" and painless intercourse.

Experts said the study, published in the Lancet, was the latest example of the power of regenerative medicine.

'I feel fortunate'

In each woman the vagina did not form properly while they were still inside their mother's womb, a condition known as vaginal aplasia.

Current treatments can involve surgically creating a cavity, which is then lined with skin grafts or parts of the intestine.

The scaffold is made of a biodegradable material

Doctors at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre in North Carolina used pioneering technology to build vaginas for the four women who were all in their teenage years at the time.

Scans of the pelvic region were used to design a tube like 3D-scaffold for each patient.

A small tissue biopsy was taken from the poorly developed vulva and grown to create a large batch of cells in the laboratory.

This is an exciting glimpse into the future of medicine. Using living tissue as building material to transform the lives of patients has already happened with bladders, blood vessels and windpipes. Now you can add vaginas and noses to the list.

There are even attempts to make more complex organs. Weakly beating hearts and kidneys that can produce urine have been made in animal studies. But this is still a long way from being used in humans.

Expect 3D printing to revolutionise this field as the technology to precisely place both the cells and the scaffolding improves.

Muscle cells were attached to the outside of the scaffold and vaginal-lining cells to the inside.

The vaginas were carefully grown in a bioreactor until they were suitable to be surgically implanted into the patients.

One of the women with an implanted vagina, who wished to keep her name anonymous, said: "I believe in the beginning when you find out you feel different.

"I mean while you are living the process, you are seeing the possibilities you have and all the changes you'll go through.

"Truly I feel very fortunate because I have a normal life, completely normal."

'An important thing'

All the women reported normal sexual function.

Vaginal aplasia can lead to other abnormalities in the reproductive organs, but in two of the women the vagina was connected to the uterus.

There have been no pregnancies, but for those women it is theoretically possible.

This is the first time the results have been reported, however, the first implants took place eight years ago.

Meanwhile researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland have used similar techniques to reconstruct the noses of patients after skin cancer.

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This is the first time the results have been reported, however, the first implants took place eight years ago.

Meanwhile researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland have used similar techniques to reconstruct the noses of patients after skin cancer.

So they were able to grow them 8 years ago...

And what other things are we growing in labs these days that we're not being told about?

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So they were able to grow them 8 years ago...

And what other things are we growing in labs these days that we're not being told about?

Hitler was a ****....

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So they were able to grow them 8 years ago...

And what other things are we growing in labs these days that we're not being told about?

Well, you've seen Millibands head, haven't you?

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Well, you've seen Millibands head, haven't you?

Well that's the worry.

If they can make a c&nt in lab, no reason why they couldn't dress one or two in a suit.

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I think I'm going to get myself one. Cut out the middle woman.

Question is, where should I put it?

:)

Are you an acrobat or yoga enthusiast?

Joking apart, I can see these being quite widespread in places like Thailand in the future, supposedly there are a few people in the world with both sets of equipment already, they will be joined by ladyboys who opt for adding one instead of the current "remove and replace" option.

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:)

Are you an acrobat or yoga enthusiast?

Joking apart, I can see these being quite widespread in places like Thailand in the future, supposedly there are a few people in the world with both sets of equipment already, they will be joined by ladyboys who opt for adding one instead of the current "remove and replace" option.

Why stop at one? Just think what multiple additions could achieve in terms of productivity? Or would this result in oversupply and lower the market price?

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