Why do people sometimes grow body parts at ectopic sites?

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Javed Mohammed  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi Dr. Chris and the Naked Scientists Team,

I have heard that sometimes, by some strange anomaly, people can grow nipples and even teeth in places where they should not be!

I have heard of people growing extra nipples on their chest area and even on their feet and even some cases of teeth growing in a lady's vagina.

Do you have any idea what causes this?

Thank You,
Javed Mohammed
from Trinidad and Tobago

What do you think?
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Re: Why do people sometimes grow body parts at ectopic sites?
« Reply #1 on: 08/08/2012 21:54:13 »
Sounds similar to teratomas, though perhaps not exactly the same thing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teratoma
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