Could Lab-Made Organs Solve the Organ Donor Shortage?
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As the need for donor organs increases, the interest in artificially grown organs has increased. Dr. Paolo Macchiarini of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, is currently the only surgeon in the world transplanting organs made in labs into patients and has been successful with transplanting tracheas made from plastic and the patient’s own stem cells. Although scientists have been able to implant vaginas and regrow nose tissue with lab-made organs, other organs like hearts, lungs, and kidneys are years away from being available for transplant. Some worry that because the surgery is still experimental and unproven the patients of Dr. Macchiarini are at risk, but others see this as the future of medicine.
He is a world-renowned surgeon who has been described both as a daring pioneer and as a cowboy who takes dangerous risks with his patients. Paolo Macchiarini of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, is pushing the boundaries of the emerging field of regenerative medicine, which involves using a patient's own cells to rebuild tissues and organs.
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