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September 17th, 2010
10:05 AM ET

TEDMED: Growing kidneys, windpipes

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The first time an organ was ever transplanted to a human was a kidney transplant in 1954. There have been many advances, but there is a major shortage of organs, Dr. Anthony Atala said in his TEDMED talk.

Every 30 seconds, a patient dies from diseases that could be treated with tissue replacement, he said.

In his presentation, he explains how technology may allow humans to regenerate muscles. He explains a technique using organ-specific cells that are not stem cells, but notes that stem cells are needed for regenerating heart, liver, nerve, and pancreas.
Some of this is still in experimental stages, but there has been much progress.

TEDMED is an annual event that brings together dozens of luminaries from a variety of fields to "demonstrate the intersection and connections between all things medical and health care related: from personal health to public health, devices to design and Hollywood to the hospital." TEDMED 2010 will take place from October 26 to 29 in San Diego, California.

Editor's note: Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be attending TEDMED in October and his coverage of the conference will be featured in "Sanjay Gupta, M.D."


soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Tony

    I keep telling people that I can't wait until they can grow tissue like this. One of my pinkie fingers is short and twisted following a sports injury and repeated surgery. I keep insisting that someday they'll be able to grow me a new one on the back of a mouse. Although I guess growing new organs is important, too? We live in amazing times...

    September 17, 2010 at 13:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. scroo yoo

    Organ donation should be an opt-out system

    September 18, 2010 at 13:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Organ Donor

    You can have my organs after I am dead.......I won't be using them..........

    September 18, 2010 at 14:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. nadman

    If only some people would grow balls...

    September 20, 2010 at 06:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. DiabetiesCaretaker

    It would be nice if they would find a way to regrow pancreatic cells. Diabetes is a terrible disease

    September 20, 2010 at 15:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Fran Robinson

    And just WHY do we want to live forever? Not to mention overpopulation. How about limiting all this 'stuff' to keep us alive longer to people under 65? I bet if you took a poll, MOST people would not want to live to be 100.

    September 20, 2010 at 16:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. nergo jankowski

    This is all a big fake. These here guys are full of big ideas but the ideas are to make money not make people better. Why do these guys have a company that sells stock on their researches. If you dont believe, look up the people like Atala on the internet and you will see thair companies trying to make big money. If they really cared about the people they would not have money making companies that try to make profits from the sick and needy. How much money do they get from the government under the excuse of research just to prop their company up.

    September 21, 2010 at 20:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. razzlea

    I wish transplants were cheaper to do how about doing something for the greater good not for money for a change. http://razzlea.blogspot.com/

    December 16, 2010 at 11:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. MIKE

    Hurry up and make it happen. Get the FDA to liberalize standards for human experimentation. We need to get this going and save lives.

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