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Scientists Grow Hybrid Rat Organs, With Eye on Transplant Shortage

from AFP via Yahoo News

Seeking innovative solutions for the pressing shortage of human transplant organs, scientists have grown mouse pancreases in rats and used them to cure diabetes in mice, they said. Although an early step, the feat could bring closer the day when life-saving human organs may be grown in pigs or sheep, the researchers and observers said. Mice who received transplanted pancreatic tissue in the trial needed only five days of treatment with immunosuppressive drugs to stop their bodies rejecting the foreign matter, the study authors said. more

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