How to Build a Body Part

Need a hand, or perhaps a liver? Scientists are finding ways to help you grow your own

There's a human liver sitting in a lab dish in Madison, Wis. Also a heart, a brain and every bone in the human body--even though the contents of the dish are a few cells too small to be seen without a microscope. But these are stem cells, the most immature human cells ever discovered, taken from embryos before they had decided upon their career path in the body. If scientists could only figure out how to give them just the right kick in just the right direction, each could become a liver, a heart, a brain or a bone. When a...

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