April 29, 2003
Rat Penis Grown With Nerves

There is hope for William Hurt's character in The Big Chill.

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.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2003 April 29 01:21 PM  Biotech Organ Replacement


Comments
Ross said at November 29, 2003 5:17 PM:

This is great news. You guys are doing a wonderful job. I also have trouble and im just 21. Hopefully this will be the answer that we're all looking for. WOOHOO!!!

Anthony123 said at May 18, 2005 5:19 AM:

I am 14 and i have this problem is there way how to cure it?

SG1 said at July 26, 2005 10:32 PM:

The first step is to end the antiquated and hospital-condoned practice of ritual butchery, which is responsibly for 90% of all loss of feeling in the penis.

kevin said at October 4, 2009 9:38 AM:

wow!! this is great news for me who is a transexual male, and we dont have much of a choice when it comes to operations. this would make my life so much easier to live. i hope this will be available. but i know not to get my hopes up.

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