Bioengineering Healthy Lungs for Transplant

Bioengineering Healthy Lungs for Transplant
A new method of bioengineering healthy lungs could help more donor lungs be made suitable for transplant.

Currently, only about 20 percent of donor lungs are deemed suitable for transplant. In order to make these lungs more viable for use, the team from Columbia University developed a scaffold made of decellularized lungs that can be populated by fresh cells. According to the team, the method could prove beneficial in patients with lung disease primarily affecting the epithelium, which is the area of the lungs most affected by disease or injury.

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