Regenerative Medicine Allows Man to Re-Grow Finger

Update: It turns out, things are exactly as they appear in this video. See my updated post.

There’s been some exciting breakthroughs in the world of regenerative medicine. About three years ago, Lee Spievack sliced off the tip of his finger in the propeller of a hobby shop airplane.

His brother, Alan, a medical research specialist, sent him a special powder with instructions to sprinkle it on his wound. What happened next is truly a marvel of modern medicine: in only four weeks, his finger grew back.

Lee jokes that while he has a 69 year old body, the tip of his finger is only 2 and a half.

Wyatt Andrews of CBS news has the story:

This powder is a medical product called extracellular matrix. Made from pig bladders, it’s a mix of protein and connective tissue surgeons often use to repair tendons. But it’s the matrix’s unusual power to regenerate tissue that’s help launch a new field called regenerative medicine.

Update: Video Removed

[Growing Miracles – CBS]


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