by Medindia Content Team on  May 24, 2006 at 3:45 PM Research News
Scientists Engineer Artificial Penis
There appears to be a ray of hope for men, who are holed up with severe forms of erectile dysfunction with no remedy from available treatment measures. An exercise by scientists involving rabbits, where the animal's very own penile cells were used to engineer an artificial penis, may be the answer for non-treatable impotence.

During the study, severely damaged penises of adult male rabbits were introduced with a graft made from manufactured penile tissue. The animals were allowed to re-grow penises to full size enabling normal functions, even capable of penetrating females. It was observed that these rabbits were able to mate within a month of fixing the engineered penis and were able to successfully impregnate female rabbits that subsequently delivered healthy pups.

Dr. Ira Sharlip, a spokesman for the American Urological Association and a clinical professor of urology at the University of California, San Francisco said, "This is very exciting -- the researchers have been working on this for a long time in a variety of different organs. It's not yet clinically available, but if it works and proves safe and effective, it would be a tremendous advance."

The scientists are hopeful of its use in treating human male impotence, in the many similarities present between the rabbit and human tissue. Though drugs like Cialis, Levitra and Viagra have been able to offer remedy, certain severe cases of impotence still remain a mystery to treat.

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