Replacement ear grown on an arm


55 Responses to “Replacement ear grown on an arm”

  1. austinhamman says:

    when i first heard it i thought “um i think you missed”
    but now its more like “that’s freaky” growing an arm on your arm that has to be weird…

  2. KBert says:

    RIPE!!! Yee-haw!

  3. evanplus says:

    How long until this is adapted as a purely cosmetic procedure?

    • Preston Sturges says:

      Actually randomly placed extra nipples are pretty common, maybe that’ll catch on.

    • Gyrofrog says:

      You just sent me down to the archives (i.e. a filing cabinet) with your comment.  I have a copy of a ‘zine called “Going Gaga,” in which there was a piece called “Dada Surgery.”  Examples:

      “Remember: There’s no tissue rejection when it’s your own body.”


      “Pointed up on the chin, an ear could be used to collect any spilled soup.”

      This was written by one Patch Adams, apparently the Patch Adams, and published by Gareth Branwyn who makes appearances ’round these parts.

    • Dlo Burns says:

      It’s like plastic surgery is going from the age of removal to the age of addition.

  4. Alpacaman says:

    I love the ‘ripe’ description. Adds a whole new level of mad scientist.

  5. Frank Diekman says:

    As a bonus, the patient can horrify people with a freakish arm ear!

  6. Preston Sturges says:

    It was more disturbing when they first grew the mock human ear on a rat. Now if they grew a rat on his arm and a human  ear on the rat, that would freak people the fudge out.

    But growing an ear of corn would also be pretty good. 

  7. unclemike says:

    I love living in the future.

    • Glen Able says:

      Although in the UK, the NHS just give you a wooden ear with an elastic band.

      • theophrastvs says:

        You got an elastic band?! You bleed’n toff!! When we wuz wee kiddies we ‘ad our ears stuck on wif roof’n tar and we thought it was @#$’n Christmas day!


  8. PhosPhorious says:

    “You’ll have to speak up. . .  there’s an ear on my forearm.”

  9. How long have I been asleep?

  10. BookGuy says:

    At first I thought, “Why the arm?  You use and move those all the time–that seems unnecessarily inconvenient.”  Then I tried to think of a better place to put it and failed.

    •  How about growing an ear where one would normally have an ear?

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        Probably poor blood flow.

      • theophrastvs says:

         cuz there’s already a nose growing there (…thought that would be obvious)

      • RedShirt77 says:

         If you need a new ear, your current ear probably has a partially funtional ear or a whole lot of scar tissue.

      • Syndaryl says:

        You have tight skin on your head, so that’s awkward. They’d have to stretch it with a subdermal baloon first, and that’s painful and long, and doesn’t help the bloodflow.

        Then you’d have this half-formed lump on the side of your face out where you can’t put a long sleave over it or conveniently bandage it, for the weeks it takes to fully develop. Which is socially awkward to say the least, and from the looks of things bandaging is necessary.

        And as mentioned, if you need a new ear, your existing ear-place has a damaged substrate by definition.

    • RedShirt77 says:

       The love handle would be better.  Always under a shirt.  etc.

  11. Chuck says:

    I misread that as “replacement earworm grown on arm.”

  12. sam1148 says:

    It’s part of the right to ear arms. 

  13. BarBarSeven says:

    I literally just finished eating when I saw this. Please PayPal me like $10 to cover a “recovery” meal, okay? Thanks!

  14. Ed Ligget. Tuba. says:

    I know there’s a Nantucket joke in here somewhere but I’m just too tired to make it.

    • Brainspore says:

      I thought of the mouse too, but it appears that this ear is actually just a bunch of other tissues surgically assembled into the shape of an ear rather than a genuine clone-job. Still very impressive though.

  15. Marc Mielke says:

    How hard is this? Could someone rich who really could use this but doesn’t really NEED it, say, Mick Foley, reasonably have this done?  

  16. Preston Sturges says:

    Can you hear me now? 

  17. Preston Sturges says:

    Some people would have already had it pierced 3 or 4 times.

  18. Preston Sturges says:

    Seriously though, grafted penises should be popular both for the transgendered, reconstruction after various forms of reconstruction after accidents and cancer, and general slapstick.

    • Syndaryl says:

      Absolutely, but there’s a lot more to a penis (or a vulva and vagina) than an ear. All that enervated tissue for one, and the spongy erectile tissue isn’t cartilage, it’s actually some comparatively elaborate stuff. But this is a big step forward for that.

      I know somewhere in east europe actually already did a “first draft” of growing a replacement penis for a man with cancer under the skin of his flank IIRC. If I recall the article correctly, it wasn’t really going to be fully functional, and his wife found the whole growth process very disturbing and moved out before the surgery. He was hoping she’d move back in afterwards.

  19. Brainspore says:


  20. Rindan says:

    I would totally put a big ass gauge erring on it.  What is anyone going to do about it?  Call me a freak?

  21. professor says:

    Looks like CCR will need to change the song to “Heard it on the Forearm”… 

  22. Kenny Cross says:

    My immediate first thought was Mr/Mrs Garrison from South Park when he had his new penis grown on a mouse and the mouse ran away. Of course there’s always, “Is that a penis growing on your arm or are you just happy to see me?” 

  23. Mind blown.

    +lunch blown on my keyboard.

  24. Hollow says:

    It doesn’t look very, ah good..  But very kewl.. Now all they need to do is replicate the pieces inside and we might have a cure for deafness? Ya think?

    • fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

      There are other groups approaching that problem (problems, really, several different points of failure between ye olde sounde waves and the brain); but the ones working on cartilage farming and reconfiguration are probably not the ones you want either attempting to repair the sensory structures in your cochlea or electronically twiddle your nerves to replace its function…

  25. Preston Sturges says:

    Friends, Romans,….oh forget it…..

  26. theophrastvs says:

    Left ear on a left arm…  i assume they checked twice that it was the left ear missing.

  27. Navin_Johnson says:

    Please grow us a unicorn chaser.

  28. awjt says:

    The Final Front Ear.

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