Vocal cords are small and complex — and, when badly damaged, they're difficult to treat.
Now, scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have engineered lab-grown vocal cord tissue for the first time… Vocal impairment, either temporary or permanent, affects about 20 million people in the U.S. at any given time, reports Science. Vocal cords that have been scarred by surgery or radiation are particularly difficult to treat. People with that kind of damage could benefit from a lab-grown replacement, especially if such a surgery would require fewer immunosuppressants than receiving cords from cadavers…
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