Opinion: Iraq War spurred medical innovation

Efforts to repair gruesome injuries sustained in the Iraq War spurred progress in front-line treatment, prosthetics and regenerative medicine. Researchers developed spray-on skin made from autologous cells and have made advances in growing new body parts. "Within 20 years, we'll be able to regrow an entire face from the patient's own cells," said Col. Robert Hale, a reconstructive surgeon at the Army Institute of Surgical Research.

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