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Surgeons Perform World's First Synthetic Organ Transplant

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Surgeons in Sweden performed the world's first synthetic organ transplant, using an artificial windpipe coated in the recipient's own stem cells.

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Kit B (276)
Friday July 8, 2011, 9:42 pm

Surgeons in Sweden performed the world’s first synthetic organ transplant, using an artificial windpipe coated in the recipient’s own stem cells.

Because the artificial organ was produced from the patient’s own cells, there is believed to be no possibility of the donation being rejected. And perhaps most significantly, this marks the world’s first organ donation that doesn’t actually require a donor.

Paolo Macchiarini of Italy led the 12-hour surgery. Macchiarini, who had already performed 10 other windpipe transplants, laid out the implications of the groundbreaking procedure for the BBC:

“The beauty of this is you can have it immediately. There is no delay. This technique does not rely on a human donation," he said.

**************Really interesting article - please read ***************

Kit B (276)
Friday July 8, 2011, 9:43 pm

Wow! Science marches forward and we are lucky enough to live during these times. Just a few years ago this would have been science fiction.

Lisa N (206)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 10:52 am
Amazing! Thanks Kit.

Heather A (32)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 11:35 am
This is really good news. Who would have thought we'd be able to grow organs so soon? I wonder what the rejection rate of such a transplant would be...probably very tiny.

Kit B (276)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 11:44 am

From the article:

"Because the artificial organ was produced from the patient’s own cells, there is believed to be no possibility of the donation being rejected. And perhaps most significantly, this marks the world’s first organ donation that doesn’t actually require a donor."

This is medicine for now and our tomorrows. What great news!


Mike S (86)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 12:19 pm
Noted and shared. Thank you very much Kit.

Bob hardly here P (394)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 12:34 pm
Thanks Kit was an interesting article

Catherine Turley (192)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 12:54 pm
i'm curious how they extract the model after the stem cells have taken over. and if they leave it in, why doesn't that create a rejection issue.

Kit B (276)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 1:31 pm

It's the person's own stem cells we don't tend to reject our own cells.

Mary L (132)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 2:32 pm
Awesome! Catherine it won't reject because the pipe is coated with the stem cells, the rejection is blocked as a result. It's a scaffold according to the article, they aren't going to remove it it's there permanently.

Roger G (154)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 4:03 pm
very good news indeed

marie C (163)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 4:49 pm
Fantastic great hope for the future I heard one was actually done iin Univercity College Hospital London UK recently

Kit B (276)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 5:42 pm

Perhaps it will not be long before there will be no waiting list, I wish this had happened just a few years earlier, it would have saved my husband's life. I hope all those who once screamed about the experimentation with stem cells now hide in shame.

Dotti L (85)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 6:10 pm
Exciting news. Am a firm believer in stem cell research and organ donation. And Kit, I wish this had happened a few years earlier for your husband and for you.

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 6:11 pm
Science Technology at it's best. Hope this is a cure for many people in need. Sorry to hear of your husband Kit. Technology is lagging behind in some areas too late.

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 6:13 pm
Science and technology needs to invent a pill that will let the body repair itself in this manner. Then maybe healthcare want be going through the ceiling dept wise.

Kit B (276)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 6:21 pm

If such a pill were invented the cost in the US would be so expensive that only the very wealthy could afford to buy the luxury.

Glamour Girlcat (32)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 8:40 pm
Hmm, the world's first organ donation that didn't actually require a donor and no animals were harmed during the course of the surgery? That works for me!

Matloob u (81)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 8:59 pm
Noted, thanks.

KS Goh (0)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 12:35 am
Thanks for the article.

Akin Adelakun (21)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 3:44 am

Sara L (23)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 5:18 am

Linda M (1748)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 5:19 am
Noted, thanks.

Esther Z (94)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 8:21 am
Really an incredible story, just like the recent medical news of full facial transplants!
This story shows the promise of Stem Cell research, and how much it can help all those with neurological and physical ailments. This story should be required reading for all Repugs!

Shelly Peterson (213)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 11:04 am
2011 is exciting!!

Susanne R (234)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 11:11 am
This article appeared in our local newspaper a few days ago, and I read it with great hope! It didn't seem likely to me that the human body would reject synthetic materials because people have synthetic stents, valves, joints, breast implants, etc. surgically implanted all the time, so I checked and found the following information:

According to Dr. Barry Eppley: "A true rejection reaction in humans is an autoimmune response to an 'implant' that is composed of live or organic material. Therefore, you will develop a rejection or autoimmune reaction, for example, in any type of organ transplant which is from other human or animal origins. In response to an organic 'invader', your body mounts a massive protective response known as a rejection reaction. The body is quite smart and protective as this type of response is necessary for survival. Inorganic materials, such as synthetic implants, do not elicit a true autoimmune or rejection response. These are not live materials and were never composed of living organic materials."

Kit, I'm very sorry about your loss, and I can understand how painful and frustrating this must be for you. I wish that progress had been made sooner. Perhaps if the medical community hadn't been held back by the religious right, who fought so hard against stem cell research and the lawmakers who supported their views, many more people would not only be alive, but enjoying a much better quality of life.

Nelson Baker (0)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 3:24 pm

Marie Therese H (10)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 3:48 pm
Fascinating news.....Science marches on!

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 4:28 pm
Thanks Kit. Great news.

janet f (29)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 4:37 pm
Anything is better than xenotransplantation.

Kay M (347)
Monday July 11, 2011, 10:11 am

Anis Kureshi (49)
Wednesday July 13, 2011, 8:02 pm
Good information thanks!

Sonny Honrado (5)
Wednesday July 20, 2011, 4:51 am
Stem cells?

Lika P (130)
Thursday July 21, 2011, 1:54 am
Wow! Amazing, isn't it?

jane richmond (10)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 1:01 pm
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