A new artificial intestine developed in the lab could help people missing a piece of their gut.
A tiny artificial intestine has been made in the lab using collagen and stem cells.
Scientists are now "growing" an intestine on a larger tube structure.
Their goal is to get this artificial intestine to clinical trials in three years.
Science has given us working artificial hearts, hips, limbs and bladders, and even a trachea.
But no one has successfully created an artificial intestine, until now. A team of researchers has created a tiny one in the lab made from collagen and stem cells. They plan to scale the tube up within three years so it can be tested in human trials.
"We're going to be taking these and inserting them into animals to see if it actually works," said John March, an assistant professor of biological and environmental engineering at Cornell University who developed the artificial intestine structure.
March is developing the artificial intestine with Dr. David Hackam, a pediatric surgeon and scientist at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine who specializes in treating bowel disorders.