Tissue engineers who recently demonstrated penis replacement in animals have now added a vital missing component - nerve cells.
"The nerve cells are very important - they are responsible for all the sensory function," says Anthony Atala, at Boston Children's Hospital. "In order to do complete [penile] replacements we need to make sure all of the parts are there, including the nerves."
Keep in mind FuturePundit's rule for biotechnology: any biotechnology developed for repair will eventually be used for enhancement. There will be a big demand for this.
Biotechnology offers other promising future improvements. A couple of years ago a report was made on growth of breast tissue. The days of silicone implants are numbered.
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