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February 16, 2011 / Martijn

Organ Regeneration

More than 100,000 people are waiting for organ transplants in the U.S. alone; every day 18 of them die. Not only are healthy organs in short supply, but donor and patient also have to be closely matched, or the patient’s immune system may reject the transplant. A new kind of solution is incubating in medical labs: “bioartificial” organs grown from the patient’s own cells. Thirty people have received lab-grown bladders already, and other engineered organs are in the pipeline.

via http://feeds.nationalgeographic.com/click.phdo?i=c34be323e3f20d20dcb179e4a7f14d42

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