While only a handful of patients have received the British lab-made organs so far- including, researchers hope they will soon be able to transplant more types of body parts into patients, including what would be the world's first nose made partly from stem cells.

The body parts are made of a polymer material that includes a scaffolding mold and stem cell samples taken from patients’ fat.

If the scientists working on the project reach a consistent level of success, their next hope is to conquer larger, more sophisticated organs. These include kidneys, lungs, and livers.

Last year, the leader of this research, Alexander Seifalian at University College London, and his team made a nose for a British man who lost his to cancer. Scientists added a salt and sugar solution to the mold of the nose to mimic the somewhat sponge-like texture of the real thing. Stem cells were taken from the patient's fat and grown in the lab. Later, the nose was implanted into the man's forearm so that skin would grow to cover it.


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