Wait for unintended consequences — Scientists to test lab-grown penises

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Penises grown in laboratories could soon be tested on men by scientists developing technology to help people with congenital abnormalities, or who have undergone surgery for aggressive cancer or suffered traumatic injury.

Yes, there will more categories.

Researchers at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine…are assessing engineered penises for safety, function and durability. They hope to receive approval from the US Food and Drug Administration and to move to human testing within five years.

Professor Anthony Atala…oversaw the team’s successful engineering of penises for rabbits in 2008. “The rabbit studies were very encouraging,” he said, “but to get approval for humans we need all the safety and quality assurance data, we need to show that the materials aren’t toxic, and we have to spell out the manufacturing process, step by step.”

The penises would be grown using a patient’s own cells to avoid the high risk of immunological rejection after organ transplantation from another individual…

“Our target is to get the organs into patients with injuries or congenital abnormalities,” said Atala…

Aside from a guaranteed underground Black Market – you know religious nutballs in and out of government will go ballistic over this. Plus, you can look forward to the first reality TV show on the human trials.

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