Lab-Made Organs – A New Cure?

Great article. Read it for the “how’d they do that?!” Very cool.

Amplify’d from www.cnn.com

Lab-made organ implanted for first time

July 8, 2011 9:32 a.m. EDT
Scientists created an artificial trachea using polymers that had a spongy and flexible texture.
(CNN) — For the first time, a patient has received a synthetic windpipe that was created in a lab with the patient’s own stem cells and without using human donor tissue
Previous lab-generated transplants either used a segment of donor windpipe or involved tissue only, not an organ.
On June 9, doctors implanted this synthetic windpipe into a 36-year-old man with late-stage tracheal cancer at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm. The patient is doing well and is expected to be released from the hospital
Creating the synthetic structure for the trachea in the current case took 10 to 12 days, compared with waiting months for an organ donor

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