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Thymus grown in mouse holds great potential for lab-created organs

from By Lynn Hetzler

Scientists have grown a fully functioning organ from cells created in a lab then transplanted into an animal for the first time. This breakthrough may pave the way for the development of lab-grown replacement organs. It may also hold special promise for people suffering from weakened immune systems and bone marrow transplant patients. The research team from MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh described how they created a thymus gland, vital for the production of T-cells, from a completely different type of cell — a fibroblast. more

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