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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Scientists Rebuild Bladder in 7 Patients

By JEFF DONN, Associated Press Writer Mon Apr 3, 7:35 PM ET

BOSTON - For the first time, scientists have rebuilt a complex human organ, the bladder, in seven young patients using live tissue grown in the lab — a breakthrough that could hold exciting promise for someday regenerating ailing hearts and other organs. Only simpler tissues — skin, bone, and cartilage — have been lab-grown and transplanted in the past. This is the first time that a more intricate organ has been mostly replaced with tissue grown from the patient's own cells.
"This suggests that tissue engineering may one day be a solution to the shortage of donor organs in this country for those needing transplants," said Dr. Anthony Atala, the lead researcher. He said he believes the work provides a model for growing other tissues and organs.
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What can you say welcome to the new age.....

1 Comments:

At April 04, 2006 9:43 PM, Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

Chas' sister, who lives in Boston, had bladder cancer and they made a new bladder out of her intestines.

Neil Cavuto on Fox today read an email from a Patty in Oklahoma and I wondered if it was you because it sounded like something you would say.

 

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