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The BBC reports that Surgeons in Spain, in collaboration with Bristol University, have carried out the world’s first tissue engineered whole organ transplant. The woman in question damaged her lungs after contracting TB. Medics were able to grow a left bronchi from her own stem cells (using a donor windpipe as a ‘framework’) and transplant the organ into the woman.
as the organ is made up of the woman’s own tissue it has not rejected and she does not require anti-rejection medication. what potentials do you think this holds for medicine? Already scientists are talking about the prospect of being able to grown human organs in the lab within the next 20 years.