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June 28, 2011 /  Nivea

First Patients Receive Lab-Grown Blood Vessels

For the first time, blood vessels created in the lab from donor skin cells were successfully implanted in patients. Functioning blood vessels that aren’t rejected by the immune system could be used to make durable shunts for kidney dialysis, and potentially to improve treatment for children with heart defects and adults needing coronary or other bypass graft surgery.

via First Patients Receive Lab-Grown Blood Vessels from Donor Cells

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