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From Harvard's own Improbable Research:
Headline of the day: Engineering a better anal sphincter
Today’s Headline of the Day comes from the science blog called ScienceBlog reports:Also at Improbable Research:
Researchers use human cells to engineer functional anal sphincters in labThe study’s senior author, Kahlil N. Bitar, is pictured here.
Researchers have built the first functional anal sphincters in the laboratory, suggesting a potential future treatment for both fecal and urinary incontinence. Made from muscle and nerve cells, the sphincters developed a blood supply and maintained function when implanted in mice. The results are reported in the medical journal Gastroenterology….
(Thanks to investigator Mark Dionne for bringing this to our attention, and for suggesting a more-or-less unprintable way to paraphrase that headline.)
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