Successful pig lung transplantation to reduce risk human organ rejection
from Ace Newz
A research study led by immunologist Joan Nichols at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and colleagues developed bioengineered lungs for four pigs by using a sugar and detergent mixture to strip the cells from lungs of donor pigs. The study was published online on Aug. 1, 2018, in
Science Translational Medicine
. Lab-grown lungs developed healthy blood vessels that allowed pigs to survive for several weeks after surgery without medical complications. Previous studies reported failure in implantation of lab-grown lungs in rodents within few hours, due to underdeveloped blood vessel network, which is necessary for long-term survival.
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