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Scientists use the patient’s own ear cartilage cells to form a new one


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First time ever in the regenerative medicine, children receive new ears grown from their own cells.

Surgery was inspired by the earmouse, a lab mouse which appeared to have a human ear growing on its back.

New technique scans the child's unaffected ear, reverses the dimensions, prints a 3D biodegradable mould.

Cartilage cells are taken from the recipient’s unaffected ear for filling the holes.

Over three months the cartilage cells begin to grow in the shape of the mould.

5 children suffering from a condition known as microtia have undergone the experimental surgery.

Scientists will now monitor the recipients for at least 5 years to evaluate the success of the procedure.

The procedure was published in eBioMedicine journal.

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