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U.S. Soldier ‘Regrows Leg’ After Injection Of Pig Bladder Hormone

Defense Secretary Robert Gates Visits Troops in Afghanistan
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I’m sure by now you’ve heard that pig skin and other parts are very similar to human, what you’re about to read proves that.

A U.S. soldier who had most of his leg muscle blown off in Afghanistan has become the first to see it grow back in a pioneering experimental operation. Read more about this amazing experiment after the jump.

Marine Isaias Hernandez lost 70 per cent of his right thigh muscles when an enemy mortar exploded as he tried to carry out repairs to a truck in Afghanistan.

With such severe muscle damage Hernandez would ordinarily have had his leg amputated.

But a re-think in the way soldiers are treated led to the wounded warrior being injected with a growth promoting substance extracted from pig bladders.

Since the experimental growth hormone was used, Hernandez has regained most of the strength in his right thigh.

The wounded Marine’s recovery is particularly exciting for scientists as it involves the regeneration of skeletal muscle, which ordinarily does not grow back.

The new treatment could in theory revolutionize how not just how soldiers are treated, but all potential amputees.

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