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Pig heart beats in baboon for two years – US expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on April 6th, 2016.

International scientists may have overcome an key obstacle in xenotransplantation, successfully transplanting a heart from a pig into a baboon which survived for two years,  An effective immune-suppressing drug therapy has enabled the longest-to-date survival of a heart transplant from a pig to a baboon, published in Nature Communications this week. The implanted pig organ […]

Human liver tissue grown in mice – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on July 4th, 2013.

Japanese scientists have grown functional human liver  tissue –  in mice. The working  human liver made using induced pluripotent stem cells was described in Nature this week. The liver is generated by transplanting liver buds (created in the laboratory) into mice, where the buds mature into tissue resembling the adult liver. Although it remains to […]

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