The Man that Grows Eyes

Pumpkins aren’t the only thing growing out in the garden this time of year.

“At the entrance to one of the labs, a faded poster in a thin plastic frame shows the crew of theStarship Enterprise, a young Captain Kirk sitting proudly at the helm. Underneath is the famous Star Trek slogan: “To boldly go where no man has gone before.”

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On the other side of the door, scientists in the Laboratory for Organogenesis and Neurogenesisare working on something that has fired the imagination of science fiction authors for many years. They are at the cutting edge of an emerging field: rebuilding the body by growing tissues and organs from stem cells. They hope to develop the next generation of therapies for a variety of debilitating human diseases, and unravel the mysteries of brain development.”

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