Friday, October 06, 2006

Give that man a hand! Literally! (from Wired News)

Painting by Roy Blumenthal

So. A bunch of American soldiers have been rolling home from exotic Middle Eastern war playgrounds with limbs missing due to battle injuries.

Which has prompted DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) in the US to make some funding available for some pretty far-reaching research. Their first handout is US$7.6 million to be shared by two teams of scientists spread across several of America's elite universities. They can spend this money in the first year of research. More follows if they meet their milestones.

Their mission?

To help humans to grow back their own limbs.

War has its uses, huh? Here's to the US getting it right, and then spreading the love to the rest of the world, dispensing new limbs at all branches of KFC and MacDonald's.

I wonder if they'll be able to generate a new brain for Mr Bush?

Read the Wired News story here: 'Grow Your Own Limbs' by Kristen Philipkoski

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