The Modern Day Transplant

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A woman has a new windpipe thanks to stem cells.  Trachea transplants are rare by themselves.  What makes this procedure special is how the replacement trachea came to be.  It’s made up three main parts: A dead person’s trachea, the patient’s stem cells, and the patient’s healthy cells from her trachea.  Scientists removed the cells from the dead person’s trachea.  That left behind a sort of scaffolding for the stem cells and healthy cells to grow.  Put it all together, give it about four days, and you’ve got a fully functional replacement trachea.  Obviously, this was not done in America because of our restrictions on stem cell research.  It was a combination of researchers and scientists from England, Spain, and Italy who pulled it off.  Read the full story here.

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