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Tissue engineers work to build organs with patient's own cells

from The New York Times via The Denver Post

Andemariam Beyene sat by the hospital window, the low Arctic sun on his face, and talked about the time he thought he would die. Two and a half years ago, doctors in Iceland, where Andemariam Beyene was studying to be an engineer, discovered a golf-ball-size tumor growing into his windpipe. Despite surgery and radiation, it kept growing. In the spring of 2011, when Beyene came to Sweden to see another doctor, he was practically out of options. But the doctor, Paolo Macchiarini, at Sweden's Karolinska Institute, had a radical idea. He wanted to make Beyene a new windpipe, out of plastic and his own cells. more


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