Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Replacement penis tissue grown in lab

Whenever I find an article that somehow combines my love for biology with my odd obsession with sex, I feel compelled to share it with all of you (aren't you lucky?). Apparently researchers have grown replacement erectile tissue for rabbits using their own smooth muscle and endothelial cells. And this all wasn't just for show, either:
Functional testing of the implanted tissue showed that vessel pressure within the erectile tissue was normal, that blood flowed smoothly through it, that the response to nitric oxide-induced relaxation was normal as early as one month after implantation, and that veins drained normally after erection.
Rabbits screwing like rabbits - a success!

Random thoughts:

Does this mean they removed the erectile tissue from the original rabbits? Poor bunny - but it was in the name of science!

How long until humans utilize this for people with severe erectile disfunction, or those that have been in some sort of accident?

How long until humans abuse this so you see late night infomercials telling you to inject smooth muscle cells into your penis for better erections?

Or most importantly, does this mean I am one step closer to my dream of a detachable penis*?!?!

(Via Boing Boing)

*This is an inside joke many of you are probably very glad that you don't understand.


  1. “Honey, you going away overnight again? Fine, leave your wank behind, I’m lacking a dildo …”

    You had BETTER make some SERIOUS amends for the horrible mental image you stuck me with. (And now, everyone else, too.)

    Other than that, though, quite interesting. You really can grow just about anything.

  2. As long as you don't keep losing it and having to buy it back from some guy selling it on the street.

  3. My first thought with this was that it could help women who decide to get a sex change. Hmmm....

  4. Artist: King Missile
    Song: Detatchable Penis


    I woke up this morning with a bad hangover
    And my penis was missing again.
    This happens all the time.
    It's detachable.

    [background singing begins: "detachable penis" over and over]

    This comes in handy a lot of the time.
    I can leave it home, when I think it's gonna get me in trouble,
    or I can rent it out, when I don't need it.
    But now and then I go to a party, get drunk,
    and the next morning I can't for the life of me
    remember what I did with it.
    First I looked around my apartment, and I couldn't find it.
    So I called up the place where the party was,
    they hadn't seen it either.
    I asked them to check the medicine cabinet
    'cause for some reason I leave it there sometimes
    But not this time.
    So I told them if it pops up to let me know.
    I called a few people who were at the party,
    but they were no help either.
    I was starting to get desperate.
    I really don't like being without my penis for too long.
    It makes me feel like less of a man,
    and I really hate having to sit down every time I take a leak.
    After a few hours of searching the house,
    and calling everyone I could think of,
    I was starting to get very depressed,
    so I went to the Kiev, and ate breakfast.
    Then, as I walked down Second Avenue towards St. Mark's Place,
    where all those people sell used books and other junk on the street,
    I saw my penis lying on a blanket
    next to a broken toaster oven.
    Some guy was selling it.
    I had to buy it off him.
    He wanted twenty-two bucks, but I talked him down to seventeen.
    I took it home, washed it off,
    and put it back on. I was happy again. Complete.
    People sometimes tell me I should get it permanently attached,
    but I don't know.
    Even though sometimes it's a pain in the ass,
    I like having a detachable penis.

    [background voices continue to sing "detachable penis" for
    a while, then out]

  5. Well, if you're going to go and post the lyrics...


    The official video got audio scrubbed by WMG. Losers.

    I miss college radio...

  6. How is your obsession with sex odd? I think sex is great, I would hope most others do too!

  7. Anyone else think of Mrs Garrison and the Eek A Penis episode?

  8. I keep reading that title as "Replacement Penis Issue". Just imagine what that could be about. I know my brain's having fun.

  9. I hadn't even thought about Eek A Penis! Probably because I was to busy thinking about Gwar and their movie Phallus in Wonderland in which the singer, Oderus Urungus, gets his penis cut of by Corporal Punishment of the Morality Squad. A brief clip of the penis, or "The Cuttlefish of Cthulhu" as it is also called, can be seen in the beginning of this clip (it's not an actual penis, just some weird looking animal like thing). The whole thing is actually up on YouTube. Oh, and this is definitely NSFW!

  10. The song was my first thought as well ... but wasn't Jen about three years old when it came out? Mind you, I have vague memories of the opera section of Bohemian Rhapsody from when I was five, so maybe it's not too much of a stretch to remember the two words that repeat a lot.

  11. The video was on MTV back in 'the day'. I'm surprised someone under 25 even knows about it.

  12. I think a regular strap-on would be better for pegging, still.

    They didn't say anything about nervetissue, after all. (And you'd have to somehow keep the bugger fed while it's detached - think about that for a bit.)

    I like Dan Savage's question about what this would do for FTM trans.

    Personally, I suspect that the next step after that, will be two-(three?-)headed pr0nstars. Prolly out of Thailand.

  13. sounds like Desperate Living dahl!

  14. I think you've found your grad school!

    (Even if it is Baptist)

  15. "Apparently researchers have grown replacement erectile tissue for rabbits using their own smooth muscle and endothelial cells."

    Those researchers are so selfless!!!