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April 29, 2011 / Martijn

First partial transplant of a bioengineered larynx

EARLIER this year came news of a second successful voice boxtransplant. But the recipient, Brenda Jensen, was able to have a new larynx only because she was already taking immunosuppressant drugs to stop her transplanted kidney and pancreas being rejected.Now Paolo Macchiarini of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and colleagues in Italy are developing a technique to treat the donor larynx so that the recipients body accepts it as its own – and they have just announced their first successful partial transplant.

via First partial transplant of a bioengineered larynx – health – 29 April 2011 – New Scientist.

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