May
02
2008

Magical powder regenerates missing finger tip

Finger tip regenerated by "pixie dust"

Lee Spievak had the end of his finger chopped off by the propeller of a model airplane. Today it has grown back. It's all there, tissue, nerves, nail, skin, even his finger print.

Speivak's brother, Alan - who was working in the field of regenerative medicine - sent him some powder which Lee calls pixie dust. For ten days Spievak put a little on his finger. The "pixie dust" comes from the University of Pittsburgh and is made by scraping the cells from the lining of a pig's bladder.

"The remaining tissue is then placed into acid, "cleaned" of all cells, and dried out. When the extra cellular matrix (pixie dust) is put on a wound, scientists believe it stimulates cells in the tissue to grow rather than scar.

Future research proposals

Researchers are anxious to conduct clinical trials involving regeneration of an oesophagus and to re-grow burnt skin. A follow up article quoted other scientists who were skeptical of the claimed results. I recommend watching the video and then using the comments box below to tell us what you think.

Source article; BBC News

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

A question for critical thinkers: Is the finger in the video real or simulated? Did you listen to the badscience.net audio?

posted on Fri, 05/02/2008 - 3:54pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I don`t believe that,thought I wish that magical powder could regenerate missing finger tip.
I want to send e-mails to Alan Spievak ,could you tell me his e-mails address? Thank you!

posted on Mon, 05/05/2008 - 7:40am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Contact info for Stephen Badylak is on this page. He is the scientist who provide the "pixie dust".
Alan Spievak is associated with a company called ACell. Contact information can be found on ACell's website.

posted on Mon, 05/05/2008 - 9:40am
hmoob_muas's picture
hmoob_muas says:

my cousin need this magical power then...

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 9:58am
diamond2008's picture
diamond2008 says:

that's stupid

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 10:18am
Francis Brown's picture
Francis Brown says:

I live in New Zealand Auckland and have lost my finger can this be repaired like the person above

posted on Mon, 05/11/2009 - 11:00pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Contact info for Stephen Badylak is on this page. He is the scientist who provide the "pixie dust".

posted on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 9:56am

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