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01 May 2008 @ 08:10 am
Man regrows finger with help of 'pixie dust' form the University of Pittsburgh

I'm skeptical...but that's just natural cynicism. Link is to a BBC news article, not dated April Fools' Day. Interesting...
bitterfun on May 1st, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... interesting. It doesn't sound like there was any bone or muscle growth just skin regrowth. If that is the case then I can completely believe it because it happened to me. When I was attending Art school, yes I admit it, I sliced off the tip of my finger with an Exacto blade. Granted, they just superglued the tip back on and let my finger regrow back to the tip but it was very similiar.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on May 1st, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's part of why I can believe this, it appears to just be flesh. Still, getting full feeling back that fast is impressive. Interesting that the nail on that finger seems to permanently grow faster. Hope this "magic dust" gets more research.
Auralee: Matrix LOTRdragonmusic on May 1st, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
It sould be really cool if it does work on skin and they can get it to work on bone and muscle too. Star Trek, here we come.
Kellykwsapphire on May 1st, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
That's pretty cool. Technically there's no reason we shouldn't be able to re-grow body parts, at least on a simple level. It already exists in nature, all we have to do is figure out how to make our bodies do it too! :D
Baracus Naturalmadeofmeat on May 2nd, 2008 06:29 am (UTC)
Given what little I know about physiology (biology BA, but still...), this doesn't raise any big red flags. I like it. While I was in my neurophysiology lab course in collidge, my small class got to hang out with a researcher who'd managed to show that failures of nerve regrowth weren't anything endemic to nerve cells themselves, but rather a function of what goes on in the scarring area. He'd been able to facilitate nerve regrowth by suppressing something or other. I don't remember what methods he used, but just knowing that the possibility exists and that it didn't require anything really wacky leads me to find this bit of news believable.