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'Superdonors' poised to change the world of transplant surgery

from By Alan Kelsky

All too often we hear heartbreaking stories of a child needing a kidney or liver transplant, but neither parents match. Transplanting an organ that is not closely matched to a recipient's blood type, antibodies and other key markers generally means that the receiver of the donated organ will immediately begin to reject it. However, science uncovered that a small percentage of humans have a type of human leukocyte antigen that allows their tissues to be transplanted more easily. Now there is talk about creating a biobank of these cells from HLA "matching superdonors." more

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