It is a revelation that four vaginas were grown for four young women who, due to a rare disease (Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome), were born with dysfunctional vaginas or without vaginas. These vaginas were grown from the women’s own cells. These were implanted into the women from 2005 to 2008, and today they report normal sexual function. They now have normal lubrication and painless intercourse. Two of the girls have normal uteruses and have the opportunity to get pregnant via intercourse.
The Wall Street journal article also mentions that a separate group of researchers were able to transplant laboratory made nostrils in patients whose noses were damaged by cancer. Both the nose and vagina are tricky to make, and there has been no known successful lab transplants before. This is such a gargantuan step in science, which shows in the patients with the new noses that work just as well as the real thing. The only drawback is that the skin for the nose was taken from the forehead, so it may have a darker color than the rest of the face.
With these opportunities arising, it can lead the world of science in the direction of growing other organs, such as hearts, kidneys, livers, and more. This is could eventually give hope to those patients who have been on waiting lists for years for organ transplants. If science continues to excel, it can change the lives of millions of patients, in addition to those who received new vaginas and noses.
Posted by: Katherine Tang, PharmD Candidate 2015