Monday, March 24, 2008
The Magic Powder that Can Regrow Limbs
This is the most amazing medical news I've heard in a long time. So amazing that I actually checked the date to see if it was April first. The story is a little bit gruesome, but I promise . . . it's worth it.
Everyone knows that certain animals (such as starfish and salamanders) have the remarkable ability to regrow lost tails or limbs. Believe it or not, human beings may soon have the same ability.
A few years ago, a man named Lee Spievack accidentally stuck his finger in the spinning propeller of a toy airplane. The top half inch of the digit was chopped clean off. Fortunately, Lee's brother happened to be a medical research specialist, and he decided to use Lee as a guinea pig. He sprinked Lee's wound with a newly developed medical powder. In less than a month, the tip of Lee's finger had grown back--bone, blood vessels, skin, and nail. Today, you can't even tell which of his fingers had been injured.
The amazing powder (known as extracellular matrix) is made from pig bladders and has been proven to regrow damaged body tissue. They say it may even be possible to regrow an entire arm or leg!
Read the story on CBS News and watch an unbelievable video here.