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Scientists Have Successfully Grown New Pair Of Lungs In Lab

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Scientists at the University Of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston have successfully cultivated new lungs from a small amount of tissue and viable cells from damaged lungs.

The breakthrough offers hope to those waiting for organ transplants in a country with a shortage of organ donors. According to the US Department of Health & Human Services, on average, 18 people die each day waiting for transplants.

The new lung's cultivation begins with another damaged lung. "We removed all the cells, all the material in it, and just left the skeleton of the lung, or the scaffold, behind — the pieces of the lungs that are no cells. That's why it's so white and pretty and there's no blood in it, it's very pretty looking. And then we added back cells from another lung that couldn't be used for transplant but still had some viable cells in it," said Dr. Joan Nichols who leads the UTMB study.

Watch the Dr. Mike segment above to his analysis of this breakthrough.

 

 

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