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Medicine And The Media

Brave new world of transplant technology

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 04 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1235
  1. Sandra Goldbeck in obstetrics Wood, senior house officer
  1. Rosie Maternity Hospital, Cambridge

    It's Tuesday evening, 945 pm, and a mouse scuttles across the television screen. An unusual mouse, with a human ear growing from its back. This is no science fiction movie: this is Tomorrow's World analysing recent American work on human tissue culture. The protagonist is Dr Charles Vacanti, a tissue engineer from the University of Massachusetts, and the mouse is a “nude” mouse--hairless and without an immune system. This makes it an ideal recipient, modelling transplant behaviour in a rejection free environment. It also makes for controversial television.

    Vivienne Parry, “Tomorrow's World” reporter, with the mouse in question

    The sight of this bizarre creature on our …

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