Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Hey Trans Men, Wake Forest Scientists Create Human Penis In Lab

One of the ongoing truisms we'll say in the trans community that relates to bottom surgery for our trans brothers goes like this:

'Trans men got the blessing of instant passability, but their bottom surgery sucks.'

While medical science has long been able for decades to create aesthetically authentic looking genitalia for trans women, so far that has been problematic enough for our trans brothers to the point many forgo the genital surgery.

But that may be about to change thanks to news of a. medical technology breakthrough that may change that for trans men and cis men who have lost their genitalia for whatever reason.

DR ANTHONY ATALAIn 2009 urological surgeon Dr. Anthony Atala the director of the Wake Forest University Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and his colleagues attached a bioengineered penis to 12 male rabbits.   When those rabbits mated, 8 had successful ejaculations and 4 produced offspring.

With the successful animal trials completed, they have now moved up the evolutionary ladder and are working to do the same for human males

Atala's technique is to use a donor penis, soak it in enzymes that remove the donor cells, then use cells from the patient so they have a biologically functioning penis.   Once the organ has grown strong enough, it is then attached to the patient.

What is needed is someone to do the first human transplant test to know if the technique is viable, and Atala's team expects that to happen in the next five years.

As for whether it  would work for our trans brothers, there are pro and con arguments so far, but the only way we will know for sure is once the technique is perfected or medical science comes up with a better solution.   And as fast as medical technology has been evolving lately, it may be sooner rather than later.

But a long held dream of the trans masculine community that wishes it in terms of realistic and functional penis may become a reality within the next ten to years.

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