MILITARY TECH: Catastrophic penile injuries and regenerative medicine

For years, politicians and pundits have justified military spending and war to the skeptical civilian by the assertion that from these necessary evils spring new and life-changing civilian applicable technologies. No example is clearer than the internet itself.

Whether the premise is valid or not, now comes something that may benefit those who have suffered unwanted circumcision and related physical and psychological complications. Foregen‘s cause could be catapulted forward if the US military and their supporters get behind this, initially to support soldiers with catastrophic genital injuries, and then to roll out the regenerative technology to civilians.

[T]here is hope that doctors may soon be able to regrow a penis from the smooth muscle and endothelial cells of patients like Silva. Advances in regenerative medicine have surged during the past decade. At the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, a team led by Anthony Atala reported last year that they had regenerated the penises of 12 New Zealand white rabbits. Once they healed, the rabbits were placed in cages with female rabbits. All attempted copulation within one minute and four females became impregnated.

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It’s important to realize that we’re talking about advances in regenerative medicine for genital injuries, including circumcision, and not saying that penis replacement is the path to foreskin restoration. However, it can’t be a far leap from one to the other. There is hope, indeed.

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One Response to MILITARY TECH: Catastrophic penile injuries and regenerative medicine

  1. James Loewen says:

    Indeed it was Harold Gilles (a famous surgeon in the UK) who pioneered pedicle flap techniques that allowed for a crude replacement of penis injuries from the second World War, that led to the sort of phalloplasty techniques used today to create or recreate a penis.
    When this new regenerative medicine can totally replace a penis, or clitoris I think we can see the end of the genital mutilation of children. The advent of this medicine will force society to look more closely at the issue.

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