Question: Are you able to grow organs? eg. a pancreas

  1. At this stage, we are unable to grow full and functional organs…

    However, we can grow up cells from a specific organ outside the body and transplant them back into the patient. This is being used for people who get severe burns on their body and would normally take a long time to heal.

    The future looks promising with progress in stem cell research – stem cells are cells in the body which have the ability to change into many different types of cell eg. cartilage, bone, blood, fat etc.

    If we can make these stem cells change into the particular cell type that we want, for example a pancreas cell, then enough of these cells put together may be able to form an organ!! Stay tuned!!