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And to think that it wasn't that long ago that we couldn't even make good prosthetic limbs.

http://io9.com/scientists-have-successfully-grown-and-implan...

This is also good news for transsexuals.
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Re: Scientests have successfully grown and implanted fully-functional vaginas in four women
Big deal. RSP has been growing them for years.
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Somewhere out on the web there's an article about a girl with MRKH who got pregnant as a side-effect of a stab would. (Brazilian IIRC, last two years or so)
 
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Frankenginas?
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It's a procedure for women with Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome, who do have most features of female genitalia, including ovaries and a clitoris. So as of yet its applicability is a bit limited.
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Good work, science.


Yep. Hey, next we work on penis enlargement, fixing male-pattern baldness once and for all and a cure for the plague of people who cannot properly pronounce diphthongs.

We'll get to cancer, cerebral palsy, diabetes and other less important things later but right now there's people out there who are sad because they don't have proper vaginas.
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Years after the two-hour procedures, annual follow-up visits showed that the surgeries had been a success: The new organs functioned normally, including during sex, and their tissue was indistinguishable from the native tissue that had already been there.


So, was someone watching during sex in the name of science?
 
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Yep. Hey, next we work on penis enlargement, fixing male-pattern baldness once and for all and a cure for the plague of people who cannot properly pronounce diphthongs.

Why are you always putting your own needs first?

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We'll get to cancer, cerebral palsy, diabetes and other less important things later but right now there's people out there who are sad because they don't have proper vaginas.

Yeah, as if nobody was working on these things.

Slacker scientists, get it done already!
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Years after the two-hour procedures, annual follow-up visits showed that the surgeries had been a success: The new organs functioned normally, including during sex, and their tissue was indistinguishable from the native tissue that had already been there.


So, was someone watching during sex in the name of science?


Ya don't determine if the tissue is indistinguishable by watching.
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We'll get to cancer, cerebral palsy, diabetes and other less important things later but right now there's people out there who are sad because they don't have proper vaginas.

"This is huge news for people with MRKH syndrome and victims of vaginal cancers and injuries."

Fucking whiners with their birth defects and diseases.
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bjlillo wrote:
Good work, science.


We'll get to cancer, cerebral palsy, diabetes and other less important things later but right now there's people out there who are sad because they don't have proper vaginas.


Can someone please remind me again why having no moderation in RSP is a good thing?

Yes, I know moderation wouldn't actually work.
 
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DWTripp wrote:
bjlillo wrote:
Good work, science.


Yep. Hey, next we work on penis enlargement, fixing male-pattern baldness once and for all and a cure for the plague of people who cannot properly pronounce diphthongs.

We'll get to cancer, cerebral palsy, diabetes and other less important things later but right now there's people out there who are sad because they don't have proper vaginas.


You're smart enough to know this already, but...

Just as work on the smallest scale of existence informs how we view cosmological phenomena (and vice versa), work on how one type of organ system develops can provide insight on other systems, since essentially they are different flavors of the the same cells under the control of the same biology. When you ask a biological question, you also ask "what is the most tractable model system to test this?". Rare diseases offer something in the way of low-hanging fruit in this regard, since they are often an exceptional environment (genetic, metabolic, etc) in a sea of "normal".

So, it can seem to a politically-driven lay person that there is an agenda behind this sort of breakthrough, but trust me, the NIH and Big Pharma are not putting out dedicated funds for vaginal transplants. But a boner pill, well...that's just a goldmine. Anyway, the point is that when someone realizes that their research can benefit people (even if it's a small number of people) of course they're going to publicize it. I guarantee that something will be transferable to the study of the regeneration of some other organ system.

Lateral thinking is how we're eventually going to solve problems like diabetes and (perhaps) cancer.

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