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Scientists Grow Vaginas in Laboratories

ear, engineered body part, stem cells, laboratoryScientists conducting two studies have successfully engineered body parts in laboratories for patients with deformed or missing organs.

Scientists in the United States, Mexico and Switzerland grew reproductive organs and nasal cartilage in labs, and successfully implanted them in patients, according to the studies published in The Lancet on Thursday.

One long-term study implanted laboratory-grown vaginal and reproductive organs in four teenage girls between the ages of 13 and 18, who suffered from a congenital disease called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome. This rare condition leads to the underdeveloped or absence of a vagina, cervix or uterus.

Dr. Anthony Atala, director of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine, who led the research team, describes an optimistic and promising option for patients who require genital reconstructive surgery.

The organs were “grown” on a 3-D scaffold, he said, adding,  “We then create a three-dimensional model that looks like the organ that would fit into that specific patient. We coat that mold with the patient’s own cells. We then place the structure in an oven-like device to let it cook, if you will. It has the same conditions as the human body.”

For patients, they now have an organ that is structurally and functionally sound. Eight years after the surgery, all the girls reported normal levels of desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction and painless intercourse. This may even include the possibility of pregnancy and childbirth.

In the second study, five elderly cancer patients needed reconstructive surgery after losing much nasal tissue and cartilage to the disease.  Again, using the same “scaffolding” technique,  the engineered cartilage was laid in the wound and allowed to grow. These patients also share the same success, in terms of structure, function, and aesthetics.

As exciting and promising as this is, it’s too early to see how easily it can be replicated on a larger scale, as the studies only included a handful of people. But perhaps with the shortage of donor organs and the risks involved in transplants, this could bring scientists one step closer to the holy grail of medicine.

S.C. Rhyne is a blogger and novelist in New York City. Follow the author on Twitter @ReporterandGirl, and visit her website at

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12 thoughts on “Scientists Grow Vaginas in Laboratories

  1. Sundiata Keita says:

    white people love playing God

  2. I think this is awesome and I hope that it can be tried and tested to the point where this can be done safely on a larger scale.

  3. J Howard Booth says:

    Who needs god?

  4. Marlynn Love says:

    Growing vaginas and uteruses? Sounds like the next plateau for transgender surgery. Now you really won't know what your marrying. When people insist on playing God, eventually you get Frankenstein.

  5. Zita Bett says:

    That's the same thing I saw when I read the article. Sex Change… nothing more.

  6. Great news for the transgender community!!!

  7. Apostle James Williams says:

    Yeah they may want to Change organs ,but one thing they cannot change is their Chromosome XX AND XY , THERE IS NO XXXXY YYYYX ETC. CHROMOSOME PERIOD

  8. @ Marlynn your comments are transphobic and insensitive to the transgender community. Not all transgender people lie to their partners and equating trans folks to frankenstein is judgmental. Does your god (whatever your believe) preach if you cant say something nice , then dont say rude and transphobic at all!!

  9. racist much? Didnt you read "United States, Mexico and Switzerland"

  10. The transgender community thanks god for creating this!!!

  11. Sundiata Keita says:

    Jeffery Gause how does it feel to wake up in the morning and be a coon. the white mans dog?

  12. Sundiata Keita lol im not, im actually very pro-black, just not anti white

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