Professor Alexander Seifalian leads University College Londonís (UCL) Department of
Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine, which he jokingly calls the "human body
parts store." In one of many world firsts, the professor and his team are growing a
nose for a patient.
At the cutting edge of modern science, Seifalian and his team are focusing on
growing replacement organs and body parts to order using a patient's own cells.
Because the organ is made from the patients own cells, the risk of rejection could
be eliminated in theory.
"Nobody has ever grown a nose before," he says. Another landmark is a trachea Ė a
windpipe Ė used in the worldís first synthetic organ transplant. In the modest lab
at the Royal Free Hospital above Hampstead Heath in north London are the ingredients
for the revolutionary nanomaterial at the heart of his creations.
A few miles south of this, another team, led by Professor Pete Coffey of the London
Project to Cure Blindness, are using stem cells to tackle the most common form of
age-related sight loss, which affects over half a million people in the U.K. alone.
Coffey's project is perhaps the most advanced major regenerative medicine project in
the world today.
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