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.

18 comments:

Raph said...

So artificial limbs are "out" now...

Anonymous said...

oh, eeeeeeeeeew! not the part about the regrowth, but the powder used to regrow---- now that's gross.

Spring said...

Wow.

Thumb Biter said...

Smells unbelievably amazing, but really cool!

Thumb Biter said...

haha. I meant sounds...where did smells come from?? o_o

Anonymous said...

wahoo this is the first time actuelly commenting even though i have been reading your blogs for a long time. anyways... i wonder if the powder smells really good?

ananka said...

Anonymous: Hmm. Interesting question. My guess: play-doh. (But imagine what might happen if you got some of it up your nose!) Thanks for commenting!

hania said...

i don't believe it!

Bridget said...

That's unbelevable! And I thought cloning was ahead of it's time! There is a girl at my school who always complains about how short she is (she's like 4 ft and in the 6th grade) she wont read Kiki Strike either, so she doesn't understand the advatages. = ( Anyway, it's really annoying I wonder if I could just sprinkle some on her, so she stops compaining! = P

International Mastermind said...

What if you accidentally get some on a cut? Will you start to grow an arm on your leg?

creativeartist said...

thats useful

Catgirl said...

Wow.....SCARY!!!!!!!

dangerous said...

Hooray for modern medical science! I can just see the new fad 100 years from now, a third arm or leg!

Miyu said...

Right on Spring... "Wow" is right.

Anonymous said...

Scary.
Weird.
Scary.
Strange.
Scary.
But yet so cool.

Nellie said...

Cool. Very cool. Very, very cool.(etc. etc.)That would be good for people who had to get limbs amputated.

hobbes said...

wow! is it available to the public or are they still testing it?

Elizabeth said...

Wow. I'd heard of people regrowing fingers or toes before (normally children) but this is amazing.