quote: I don't think this is that far off, stem cell research has certainly come a long way. Recently a windpipe was transplanted into a patient, a windpipe that was created by her own stem cells extracted from her bone marrow.
quote: To make the new airway, the doctors took a donor windpipe, or trachea, from a patient who had recently died. CT of the patient's lungs before A pre-surgery CT - the arrow showing the windpipe narrowing Then they used strong chemicals and enzymes to wash away all of the cells from the donor trachea, leaving only a tissue scaffold made of the fibrous protein collagen. This gave them a structure to repopulate with cells from Ms Castillo herself, which could then be used in an operation to repair her damaged left bronchus - a branch of the windpipe.