Summary #1200

Severely Damaged Human Lungs Can Now Be Successfully Recovered

engineering.columbia.edu
  • Using a new cross-circulation platform, scientists successfully recover a severely injured, declined for transplantation lung in 24 hours.
  • The new technique enables natural biological repair mechanisms by circulating blood between the lung and an animal host, and it has been in development for eight years.
  • It took 25 investigators with expertise in various disciplines in order to achieve this.
  • It’s possible that the cross-circulation could be done with a human host - an ill person waiting for a transplant.
  • Study authors emphasize that a lot more work needs to be done before this can be used in real life scenarios.

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