Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Growing lungs!

Researchers in Texas have, for the first time, grown human lungs in the lab, a potentially huge breakthrough.  This advance holds the potential to revolutionize the human organ replacement process in America.  From a CNN article:
If the lungs work -- and that's a big if -- they could help the more than 1,600 people awaiting a lung transplant. Lungs are one of many body parts being manufactured in the lab -- some parts, such as tracheas and livers, are even further along.
There's a lot of more of interest in the article, though I should warn that there are photos that some might find a bit unsettling.  Still, kudos to the scientists and researchers behind this amazing development!