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Famed US military mad-professor bureau DARPA has inked a second deal with Massachusetts researchers to develop ways of "regenerating" human body tissues cut, shot or blown off in combat. The new biotech therapies would employ the same methods used by newts in growing replacement limbs. News of the award comes courtesy of the …

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But can they grow....

Zaphod's extra head too?

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The same methods used by newts

Getting pished ?

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*whimper*

*whimper* I can't help but imagine the person who has unlimited regeneration abilities being brutally tortured in some dank hole for decades. Being able to regenerate is great but I can see it having downsides.

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Bobbitt.

Title says it all, really.

Mine's the one with the three arms.

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A mere...

...three words dedicated to DARPA's description? I'm disappointed El Reg, you're slipping!

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Hasn't something like this been done before for $6,000,000

It is good to know that in future, when highly trained battle mice get seriously wounded and return home barely alive, DARPA can rebuild them. DARPA will have the capability to build the world's first regenerated mouse. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster, and under 1/10th the cost of the human prototype.

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Regeneration, hey?

Sounds interesting. If it works on primates, we might me able to grow Gordon Brown a brain at long last.

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That's all well and good, but...

...doesn't it take about 15 - 20 years to grow an adult sized arm? I think I'd rather have the steam one...

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I, for one...

...welcome our new, multi-limbed overlords.

Hah!

I always wanted to be the first with one of these.

Sad, eh?

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This may be bigger than it looks

This may be bigger than it looks

"reprogramming mouse and human skin cells to act more like stem cells"

Which implies that they have found a way to regress the cells to an earlier stage of their development, winding back the cellular control tape and restarting it (for those of a certain generation)

But getting the right number of cells to differentiate into the various types needed and following the right growth paths may be a bit challenging.

The implications are staggering.

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I feel pretty sorry for the mice in this

Presumably in order to test these theories they're getting their limbs cut off to test the regrowth system.

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@whimper

from what I can see its not an ability, its a process they put someone through to heal the affected area (I'm thinking floating in a tank of liquid rich in whatever they use to get your cells to grow you new stuff) so they would be able to torture someone for decades only if they had the tank of goo on hand and didnt mind spending months waiting on them growing new parts.....

regardless sounds awesome. could the same process heal scars or torn tendons other than just cuts / missing limbs I wonder?

if they can find a way to make the patient's own cells behave like stem cells then great, time to start curing alzhiemer's etall..... (ye i know its spelt wrong)

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Old news

As was reported in the news a couple of year ago, Professor Richard Lazarus has been working on similar technologies for a while and is already past the working prototype stage.

He's currently seeking funding from the British Government to develop it into a range of commercial products that could revolutionise heathcare in the UK and drastically reduce the burndon on the NHS, though so far he's only gained support from one popular MP.

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This sort of thing

makes me as happy as a dog with two tails!

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tis gives a whole new meaning to the term:

grow some balls man ...

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Infriging on LucasArts copyrights??

George L will be claiming the Bacta Tank as prior art and sue the extra legs off them.....

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How long till we get

spam mail offering use of this technique to "gain several inches"?

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Homer wanted to use this technology

[Homer's arms are stuck in pair of vending machines]

Repairman: Homer, there's no easy way to tell you this: I'm afraid I'm gonna have to saw your arms off.

Homer: They'll grow back, right?

Repairman: Oh... yeah.

[He cranks up the rotary saw and moves it toward Homer's arm... ]

Repairman: Wait a minute. Homer, are you just holding on to the can?

Homer: Your point being...?

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homo galgosioso

Any fool knows the best way to regenerate living membrane is to subject it to an electrical charge,

first demonstrated by Jon Pertwee in 1966, and explained in this world-changing scientific article,

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/119145644/abstract?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0.

While re-wiring the house I electrocuted myself twice and now there's three of me. We soon made mincemeat of that electrical job.

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Well...

...that's my ski-boxing sorted...

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More obvious application.

The applications of this tech in the highly lucrative knob enhancement business have the potential to be, quite literally, endless.

No, I am not wearing a very long pink scarf under my coat.....

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Hmmmmm .....

Assuming the new part can be made to grow back bigger and/or better than the original (after all, it's programmable), does this mean that, once this gets into general use, a lot of men will cut their dicks off?

(Not me, though!)

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The lizard

isn't this almost exactly how the Marvel villain "The Lizard" came about?

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Is Dr. Philips working on this?

If not, it won't work. Although Admiral Hayes seems to think teething after receiving the Philips treatment might be a bit of a bother.

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