The Dawn of a New Era of Regenerative Medicine: Tissue Engineering Come of Age
William A. Haseltine
July 13, 2021
The field of regenerative medicine reached a remarkable milestone recently when four women regained full sexual function after the successful implantation of lab-grown vaginas created from their own cells. The women, aged thirteen to eighteen, were born with a rare medical condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome (MRKHS) which left them with an abnormal or missing vagina. Each woman underwent a newly engineered procedure that involved taking samples of the patient’s own cells and growing them into tissue.