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UK scientists make body parts in lab

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April 8, 2014
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Scientists in a London hospital are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells. The lab is among several around the world working on the futuristic idea of growing custom-made organs in the lab. (April 8) Video provided by AP


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