Hopefully this will ultimately result in a tightly regulated medical treatment and notÂ the male equivalent of a boob job.
Scientists Grow New Penile Tissue in the Lab
Rabbits implanted with new cells regained sexual function, study says
usatoday.com | By Jennifer Thomas HealthDay Reporter | Nov. 9, 2009
Researchers were able to restore sexual function to rabbits with damaged penises by growing new penile tissue in the lab and implanting it, a new study reports.
Though a human application is a ways off, researchers say the technique could one day be used to treat severe erectile dysfunction in men.
“We were able to show the tissue was able to integrate and function in the long term, which means we can start planning clinical applications [in humans],” said Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and senior author of the study. “Our hope is to be able to treat patients with many conditions, including congenital abnormalities of the penis, traumatic injuries, penile cancer and severe cases of erectile dysfunction that don’t benefit from drug treatments.”
The study is published in the Nov. 9 online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.