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Building lung capacity, lung-first

from Yale University via Medical Xpress

Pneumonia, aspiration, fluid in the lungs, and injuries from mechanical ventilators can severely damage the lungs of people who are critically ill. Transplanted lungs are tragically scarce and beyond the reach of most such patients, including those burdened by such chronic lung diseases as cystic fibrosis or emphysema. What if custom-grown new lungs were an option? The idea sounds like science fiction. But the disembodied living lungs in one Yale researcher's lab show that a bioengineered organ is well along the road to reality. more


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