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While researching this topic I learned that there are several organs and body parts thatresearchers and scientists are attempting to make in laboratories. Most of them are still in testingphases and have yet to be used in humans. Some things that can be successfully artificially grownare: the trachea, bones, the liver, the kidney, the heart, the bladder, the pituitary gland, the eyesand the most recent the brain.These "replacement parts" are made from a patients own cells. For example, to make a bladder asmall piece of a patients organ is removed, separated by muscle cells and urothelial cells, whichline the urinary tract. The cells are then put into lab dishes and bathed in a fluid that promptsthem to multiply. After about six weeks there are enough cells for an entire bladder. The musclecells are then poured onto the outside of a scaffold made of collagen and polyglycolic acid. Twodays later the inside is coated with urothelial cells. The new bladder is then placed in an incubator
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