A recent 60 Minutes
story on regenerative medicine highlights progress in the field, and turns to Pittsburgh leaders for firsthand accounts of those innovations.
Correspondent Morley Safer interviews Dr. Stephen Badylak, deputy director at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, as well as Dr. Blair Jobe, associate professor of surgery in the Heart, Lung and Esophageal Surgery Institute at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC.
Dr. Badylak explains his work, with a chuckle as, "I make body parts," and describes how a material called Extra Cellular Matrix can regrow virtually every tissue in the body.
In Pittsburgh, regenerative techniques have been used to regrow esophageal lining of 76-year-old cancer patient Erwin Schmidt, and to successfully transplant a hand from a cadaver onto the arm of Marine Josh Maloney, who lost his right hand working with dynamite.
Click here to view the complete 60 Minutes video.
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