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Severely damaged human lungs successfully recovered using transgenic system.

Researchers led by Columbia Engineering demonstrate severely injured donor lungs declined for transplant can be recovered outside the body by a system utilizing cross-circulation of whole blood between the donated lung and an animal host. The team states human lungs unsuitable for transplant can be recovered using their new transgenic cross-circulation system, with the hope it may provide a much larger number of organ transplants to critically ill patients.

An extremely common condition rising at an alarming rate due to environmental and lifestyle causal elements, respiratory disease is the third leading cause of death worldwide. Despite the copious amounts of research currently being carried out in this field the only treatment option available to patients suffering from end-stage lung disease is a double or single lung transplant. In turn,

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