The nose of a man grows in his arm and then will be transplanted to his face
January 23, 2013
Scientists at University College London try to restore the nose of a British businessman, who lost it after suffering from cancer.
According to experts, “are quite convinced that it will be a success and that the patient will soon have a new nose.”
The researchers began by creating a mold of the old nose, then the mold was sprayed with a synthetic material which served to settle the stem cells, once they had the basic structure it added millions of cells that provided nutrients and environmental conditions necessary for the formation of cartilage in the nose.
The doctors explained, “Meanwhile, the skin of one arm was extended gradually after being propelled by a small ball lodged in the skin.”
“This balloon was inflated gradually until the excess skin grew. A few months later, the ball was replaced by the nose and the new implant is now in the arms of the man, which has access to all the nerves and blood vessels necessary”.
“The nose develops gradually in the man’s arm, but it may not be long until it gets all the nerves and blood vessels it is needed to transplant the nose on the patient’s face.”