Show News July 8, 2011
First Synthetic Organ Transplant Breakthrough

Surgeons at Sweden's Karolinska University Hospital just made a major breakthrough in science and medicine by completing the world's first synthetic organ transplant.

They successfully moved an artificial windpipe into a male cancer patient. Surgeons say they can create a windpipe in just a few days, and there is virtually no chance that the organ will be rejected in a patient because they create it using the patient's own cells.

The lab-grown windpipe was made like this: a glass replica of the patient's trachea was soaked in a solution of stem cells taken from the patient's bone marrow and lining cells from his nose. They waited, and within a week's time - voila!

They now plan to use the technique to help a nine-month-old Korean child that was born with a trachea that doesn't function properly.


Photo credit: David Green, Harvard Bioscience

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