First Synthetic Organ Transplant

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Could the success of synthetic organ transplants lead to the donor’s list becoming obsolete? While it’s still too early to tell, the first trial of a synthetic trachea transplant leaves surgeons hopeful. Via BBC News:

I’ve held a few strange body parts in my hands over the years – all I should stress, in the line of work. They have ranged from mechanical heart pumps to hi-etch prosthetic limbs.

But none more life-like than the synthetic trachea manufactured by scientists from University College London. The team, lead by Professor Alex Seifalian, have patented a nanocomposite material which was used to create the first completely synthetic windpipe.

It was transplanted into a patient whose own windpipe was damaged by cancer. The operation was done in Sweden at the Karolinska University Hospital in conjunction with the Karolinska Institute. You can read the background to the story by my colleague Michelle Roberts, who interviewed the patient and the surgeon in Stockholm.

[Continues at BBC]

31 Comments on "First Synthetic Organ Transplant"

  1. Mr. Coffee | Jul 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm |

    YOU SEE THAT MAJESTIC 12 SYMBOL IN THE PICTURE?

    WAKE UP PEOPLE 

  2. Mr. Coffee | Jul 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm |

    YOU SEE THAT MAJESTIC 12 SYMBOL IN THE PICTURE?

    WAKE UP PEOPLE 

  3. Hadrian999 | Jul 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm |

    one step closer to my doctor octopus rig

  4. Hadrian999 | Jul 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm |

    one step closer to my doctor octopus rig

  5. detachable penis 

  6. oil pump | Jul 7, 2011 at 7:45 pm |

    detachable penis 

  7. um.. calling this a synthetic organ is highly misleading. This is no more advanced than say.. a synthetic joint replacement, which have been done for years. Probably what’s exciting about this is that its rigid yet bendy like a real trachea. However when people hear synthetic organ,  they think of active organs.. (and to be fair a natural trachea is probably more active than this replacement.)

  8. um.. calling this a synthetic organ is highly misleading. This is no more advanced than say.. a synthetic joint replacement, which have been done for years. Probably what’s exciting about this is that its rigid yet bendy like a real trachea. However when people hear synthetic organ,  they think of active organs.. (and to be fair a natural trachea is probably more active than this replacement.)

  9. Hadrian999 | Jul 8, 2011 at 11:43 am |

    the man who invents a viable synthetic liver will be a rich rich man

  10. That’s pretty cool,  check this out … http://www.archive.org/details/Experime1940

  11. That’s pretty cool,  check this out … http://www.archive.org/details/Experime1940

  12. Mr. Coffee | Jul 9, 2011 at 3:36 am |

    ?!

  13. Mr. Coffee | Jul 9, 2011 at 5:01 am |

    que?

  14. Mr. Coffee | Jul 9, 2011 at 5:16 am |

    Pro?

  15. Anonymous | Jul 10, 2011 at 11:16 pm |

    SMH!!!!

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