Transplant News for June 9th

Transplant News for June 9th from 16:34:

  1. Lab-made organ raises hope for liver transplant – The Times of India – Japanese researchers have created a functioning human liver from stemcells, a report said on Friday, raising hopes for the manufacture of artificial organs for those in need of transplants.

A team of scientists transplanted induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into the body of a mouse, where it grew into a small, but working, human liver, the Yomiuri Shimbun said.

Stemcells are frequently harvested from embryos, which are then discarded, a practice some people find morally objectionable. But iPS cells – which have the potential to develop into any body tissue – can be taken from adults.

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  1. Transplant breakthrough leading to cures – News, Weather & Sports – LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Research from the University of Louisville is getting top honors this week at the American Transplant Conference in Boston. Using a transplant protocol pioneered by Dr. Suzanne Ildstad, kidney transplant patients are living life without harmful anti-rejection medications.

"It's wonderful, I feel better than I've felt for years. I really feel like I've gotten some kind of fountain of youth" said Rob Waddell.

He's among the first in the country to receive an unmatched kidney using the breakthrough protocol.

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