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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Man Regenerates Skull

Gordon Moore flipped his car in 1955 and suffered a vicious, and near-fatal, head injury which destroyed a very large portion of his skull. Doctors replaced the missing skull with a metal plate. The plate was dented three years later in yet another car crash.

When doctors were operating to treat an infection in the area, they were shocked to find Mr. Moore's skull had regenerated! The regenerated bone follows the contours of the dent. While experts would expect such a phenomenon to occur in a child who is still growing, it is unusual in adults whose bone structures are already formed. It is particularly unusual in Mr. Moore's case because of the large area of skull which was lost and has since regrown.

The metal plate was removed and tests are being carried-out to determine the thickness and strength of the new bone.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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