Thursday, November 20, 2008

Another Stem Cell Success Story

A woman in Spain has successfully had her windpipe replaced by one that was grown from her own stem cells. Not embryonic, but adult stem cells.
A 30-year-old Spanish woman has made medical history by becoming the first patient to receive a whole organ transplant grown using her own cells.

Experts said the development opened a new era in surgery in which the repair of worn-out body parts would be carried out with personally customized replacements.


Two further patients, from Germany and the United States, are in hospital in Barcelona, awaiting transplants of their windpipes, which had been damaged by cancer, he said. It would take two to three months to grow the replacement organs and "put them in good shape" before operating, he added.
h/t: Master Of None


Grandpa-Old Soldier said...

I heard about that yesterday,, I think it is great. Who knows what is next on the horizon..

ABNPOPPA said...

Fantastic! And not embryonic! Wonderful.