Friday, July 06, 2007

[TIPS] Regenerating new limbs? on Ted

I'm not sure how I feel about this. What if it were possible - and it appears from this video that it IS - to force our bodies to regenerate new limbs taht were lost in an accident? What if we could grow new fingers on the hands of the carpenter who just had a run-in with his tablesaw. What if we could help the body to grow new skin on burn victims? I think it's amazing technology, and it's GOING to happen more often because it's already happening now, to some extent, and mankind never goes backwards.  (As someone said, "One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.")
Anyway, the above video shows some amazing accomplishments in the field of regeneration. Watch the awe-inspiring before and after of a woman's foot that was being eaten away by diabetes. (Warning - REALLY gruesome images!) Watch the effect it had on a horse's head when it developed an ugly opening. And there's more. Then, consider his notion that this sort of tratment might one day be used as preventative medicine.
Projected out 100 years (in the lifetime of your great grandchildren, perhaps) this will lead to treatments that will change everything. That's good. Isn't it?
How about this as a writing prompt?

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