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Patient Gets A New Trachea Made From His Own Stem Cells
9/20/2011
Default news teaser image The first successful transplantation of a synthetic tissue engineered windpipe was performed on a patient suffering from late stage tracheal cancer.

Professor Alexander designed and built the nanocomposite tracheal scaffold, and Harvard Bioscience produced a specifically designed bioreactor used to seed the scaffold with the patient´s own stem cells. Prior to transplantation, the cells were grown on the scaffold inside the bioreactor for two days. The patient was not put on any immunosuppressive drugs as the trachea was regenerated using the patient's own cells and the body did not show any signs of rejection.
 
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