An anonymous reader writes with news out of Finland, where a patient's upper jaw was replaced with bone cultivated from stem cells
and grown inside the patient himself. We discussed other advances in stem cell research
a few months ago. Quoting:
"In this case they identified and pulled out cells called mesenchymal stem cells -- immature cells than can give rise to bone, muscle or blood vessels. When they had enough cells to work with, they attached them to a scaffold made out of a calcium phosphate biomaterial and then put it inside the patient's abdomen to grow for nine months. The cells turned into a variety of tissues and even produced blood vessels, the researchers said."