Department of Defense | Rob McIlvaine, Army News Service
At the 2012 Military Health System Conference, Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, explained how success doesn’t come easy.
Atala led a team that developed the first lab-grown organ, a bladder, that was implanted into a boy more than a decade ago.
“The work in our presentation today has been performed by more than 1,000 researchers over the past 20 years,” he said.
In 1995, the Vacanti mouse, named after Dr. Charles Vacanti who created the “ear” grown on the back of this mouse, was a laboratory mouse that had what looked like a human ear gown on its back. This “ear” was actually an ear-shaped cartilage structure grown by seeding bovine cartilage cells into a biodegradable ear-shaped mold.
The Vacanti mouse ear has still not been used on a human.
One thing is quite clear,” Joachim Kohn cited on its development, “a human being has two ears.” You can’t walk around with a round ear and a pointy ear.”