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Study on organ scarring may reduce need for organ transplantation

from By Joy Burgess

From Dec. 5: Fibrotic diseases may occur in various body tissues, including kidney, lung and liver tissue. As these fibrotic diseases attack organs, damage occurs, which usually results in the need for a new organ via transplantation. However, researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found that specialized cells called myofibroblasts are the source of the scar tissue. Researchers hope to use the new discovery to develop new treatments to prevent organ deterioration as a result of fibrotic diseases. more

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