Rearming America: The Military’s Plan to Regrow Body Parts

The regeneration of lost body parts has just moved from science fiction to US military policy. Yesterday the Department of Defense announced the creation of the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine, which will go by the happy acronym AFIRM. According to DOD’s news service, AFIRM will harness stem cell research and technology… to reconstruct new skin, muscles and tendons, and even ears, noses and fingers. The government is budgeting $250 million in public and private money for the project’s first five years. NIH and three universities will be on the team

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