09 Jul '11, 6pm

Surgeons Perform World's First Synthetic Organ Transplant - Care2 ...: Surgeons in Sweden performed the world's

Surgeons in Sweden performed the world’s first synthetic organ transplant, using an artificial windpipe coated in the recipient’s own stem cells. Because the artificial organ was produced from the patient’s own cells, there is believed to be no possibility of the donation being rejected. And perhaps most significantly, this marks the world’s first organ donation that doesn’t actually require a donor. Paolo Macchiarini of Italy led the 12-hour surgery. Macchiarini, who had already performed 10 other windpipe transplants, laid out the implications of the groundbreaking procedure for the BBC: “The beauty of this is you can have it immediately. There is no delay. This technique does not rely on a human donation," he said. **************Really interesting article - please read *************** send green star | flag as inappropriate Why is this inappropriate? Send Report Cancel ...

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