Continuing coverage: For the first time, scientists have created human lungs in a lab — an exciting step forward in regenerative medicine. "It's so darn cool," said Joan Nichols, a researcher at UTMB. "It's been science fiction and we're moving into science fact." The news continues to receive widespread attention, appearing on UPI.com, Philly.com, Fox News, Washington Times, New York Daily News, Houston Chronicle, Yahoo! News and several ABC-TV news stations throughout the country.