Pittsburgh, PA -- The war in Iraq has produced unprecedented numbers of injuries. While troops are often surviving the roadside attacks that lead to those injuries, many of them lose limbs or suffer severe burns.
That's led researchers, including some from North Carolina, to create the Soldier Treatment and Regeneration Consortium. The consortium, which includes the backing of the military, received $1 million in funding from the federal government last week.
The new consortium's five-year goal is to create a fully functioning finger. One of the partners in the effort is the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
At least one patient has already been identified as a candidate for some of the procedures that researchers are pursuing.
Doctor Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest center, says it's already possible to create some simple body tissues. He says the key will be learning how to combine those smaller tissues to form something larger.