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Laboratory Grown Vaginas Successfully Transplanted Into Patients

Tissue engineered hearts and lungs may be still at the laboratory stage, but replacement vaginas made from the patient's own cells have been around for a while. A paper in the Lancet confirms they continue to work years after surgery.

The four patients in the study had Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, which affects women who are genetically and hormonally normal but have an absent or greatly shortened vagina. MRKH may also produce a missing or defective cervix and uterus. Sex is usually painful for women with the condition and more than half a million are affected worldwide.

While we are some way from being able to enable most women with MRKH to conceive, the…

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