Posts Tagged 'transplant'

Scientists Grow Kidney in Lab

lab-kidneyBBC reports –

A kidney “grown” in the laboratory has been transplanted into animals where it started to produce urine, US scientists say. Similar techniques to make simple body parts have already been used in patients, but the kidney is one of the most complicated organs made so far. A study, in the journal Nature Medicine, showed the engineered kidneys were less effective than natural ones. But regenerative medicine researchers said the field had huge promise. Kidneys filter the blood to remove waste and excess water. They are also the most in-demand organ for transplant, with long waiting lists.

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Man Dies of Uterine Cancer

MSNBC reports –

NEW YORK – Vincent Liew waited five years for the kidney that was supposed to change his life. Instead, the organ ended it. The kidney came from a woman who had uterine cancer, but she and doctors didn’t know it. Once her disease was discovered after the transplant, Liew’s doctors highly doubted it could spread to him. But in seven months, Liew was killed by cancer that his autopsy linked to the transplant.

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