Stem-cell therapies. Growing new body parts.
July 2013. "Miniature Human Liver Grown in Mice"
Sarah Murnaghan Transplant Case Spotlights Lab-Grown Alternatives
NEW YORK -- By the time 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan finally got a lung transplant last week, she'd been waiting for months, and her parents had sued to give her a better shot at surgery. Her cystic fibrosis was threatening her life, and her case spurred a debate on how to allocate donor organs. Lungs and other organs for transplant are scarce.
But what if there were another way? What if you could grow a custom-made organ in a lab?
QUOTATION OF THE DAY
“Lung transplant recipients are a delicate bunch. Our survival rate is not as great as other organs. I feel an obligation to participate in studies when requests are made. Researchers need data and they need money. I give a monthly contribution for research to the Transplant Research Foundation of BC. It is my way of giving back for the gift of life and supporting new discoveries so we may live longer and have a healthier life.”
MICHEL, lung recipient