More Good News: Woman’s Lungs Repaired with Her Own Tissue

I’d mentioned that today was good-news-from-the-world-of-science day. Here’s more:

The development of patient-specific tissues and organs for transplantation is a major target for many researchers working in biomedical engineering. A shortage of organ donors, and the necessity to knock out the recipients’ immune systems to prevent graft rejection, are both serious issues facing transplant surgeons, but teams across the world are hard at work on techniques that should help solve them. One such breakthrough is described in The Lancet, where a group of researchers in Spain, Italy, and the UK combined a segment of trachea from an organ donor and cells from a patient who was suffering from a severe restriction in a bronchus in order to restore her airway function.

The hits just keep coming…

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