First Synthetic Organ Implanted

A doctor at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, dips a specially constructed biodegradable mold—shaped like a bladder and seeded with human bladder cells—into a growth solution on March 30, 2006. In a medical first, working lab-grown transplant organs have been made from a patient’s own cells.

11 Replies to “First Synthetic Organ Implanted”

  1. how can you say this is wrong? this procedure was less invasive and left all the other organs intact unlike the old procedure for curing diseased bladders. It is a wonderful medical advancement.

  2. better yet… this may be an advancement for other organs to be created. Ending the need for xenotransplants and preventing all the deaths on the rapidly growing transplant waiting list.

  3. This is such an advancement! With the inclusion of the patients own cells it is less likely to be rejected by their body. I’m so excited for the potential this holds 🙂

  4. I am a Christian person who would have to disagree with the embryo extraction of stem cells. HOWEVER THIS IS GREAT, I commend the Scientific Community for finding a way to use the persons own stem cells.

  5. Man, this article is 3 years old… Have they made any advancements in this? Just recently it’s come to light organ smuggling in the U.S. is NOT an urban legend. Court cases and everything… Essentially, if you are rich, you are able to purchase the organs of the poor, it is not right.

    So to you other commenters describing synthetic organs as “sick”, the truly sick thing is stealing the living tissue from a poor human being, in order for it to be sold to a rich one, and I quote:

    “Some were forced to give up organs at gunpoint.”

    If synthetic organs were allowed to develop to a great enough degree to become widely available, it would eliminate the 10 year waiting list for organs that causes so many people to seek a transplant from more illicit channels.

  6. hello, we are high school students making an educational website about synthetic organs. we were wondering if we would be able to use the photo located on

    please let us know if this is okay. thank you

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