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Cell injection could train the body not to reject organ transplants

New Scientist

A one-off injection of cells could be a long-sought solution to the problem of the body rejecting an organ transplant. The first person who may have benefited from this approach is an Italian man who had a kidney transplant. He has been completely tolerating his new organ for 19 months without anti-rejection medicines. Transplants can be life-saving, but to stop the donor organ being rejected by the recipient's immune system, people have to take several drugs that have serious side …

Artificial organs: We're entering an era where transplants are obsolete


Around the world, lists of patients in need of an organ transplant are often longer than the lists of those willing (and able) to donate -- in part because some of the most in-demand organs for transplant can only be donated after a person has died. By way of example, recent data from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) showed that the number of patients waiting for a heart transplant in the United Kingdom has grown by 162 percent in the last ten years. Now, 50 years after the first successful heart transplant, experts believe we may be nearing an era where organ transplantation will no longer be necessary. "I think within ten years we won't see any more heart transplants, except for people with congenital heart damage, where only a new heart will do," Stephen Westaby, from the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, told The Telegraph. Westaby didn't want to seem ungrateful for all the human lives saved by organ transplants, of course.

Japan mulls partial insurance coverage for urgent overseas organ transplants

The Japan Times

The health ministry is considering a measure to cover part of the expenses shouldered by patients who go abroad for urgent organ transplants, sources close to the matter said Saturday.

Sheep-Human Hybrids Made in Lab--Get the Facts

National Geographic

This pig embryo was injected with human cells early in its development and grew to be four weeks old. The experiment made headlines when it was announced in early 2017; now, researchers have improved the procedure and tested it on sheep.

Breathe new life into your old clothes with a 'transplanted' piece


Who says your clothes have to be uniform? A campaign in Japan has figured out how to rejuvenate old clothes as one-of-a-kind pieces.