Friday, May 26, 2006

Must. Resist. Eighth. Grade. Humor.
Nope. Can't resist it. Besides, it's Friday. In the blogoshere, frivolous posts are a Friday tradition.
It's now possible to replace a defective, damaged, or diseased penis with a penis grown in a laboratory -- in rabbits.

But the finding promises an amazing new treatment for infants, boys, and men who suffer penis disfigurement. The replacement organ would be grown on a penis-shaped matrix seeded with cells from the patient's own body.

Researcher Anthony Atala, MD, director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, reported the findings at this week’s annual meeting of the American Urological Association in Atlanta.

Any kind of physical birth defect or accidental disfigurment is psychologically, as well as physically, painful. Also, any kind of research to generate or regenrate body parts will have a world of applications, so this is a good thing. Having said all that, it's a penis and it's a Baptist college. The jokes write themselves.

Interestingly enough, this story appeared on Fox News. Is it just me, or does it seem somehow appropriate that Fox News would be interested in a technology that can "replace a defective, damaged, or diseased penis"? (Feel free to leave your own Hannity and O'Reilly jokes in the comments.)

That's enough cheap humor for the day. I'm going to go think about serious and important things, like the decline of democracy in the West and woolly mammoths.

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