Replacement Organs and Tissues
Replacing a Human Ear
The current solution for replacing a human ear is to surgically
implant an ear-shaped device under the skin. But, because the
device is a foreign material, there can be problems with infection
and protrusion from the skin, which can require additional surgery.
Scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
and partners are working toward a better solution. They are working
to cover traditional surgical implants, as well as porous molds
developed in the laboratory, with a patient's own cartilage cells
before implantation. Once in the body, "nature's incubator,"
cartilage tissues would form. As part of this feasibility research,
WFIRM scientists will be assessing the biocompatibility and
long-term durability of the implant for use in patient
Watch this process in action in the video below: