Scientists take first steps in growing working livers

Pat McMahon | Contributor

US scientists have created working liver grafts in the lab, and say the research could one day allow the growth of livers for transplant.

There is a shortage of liver donors, but so far it has been difficult to grow replacement organs.

In the work, published in Nature Medicine, a team from Massachusetts General Hospital, created successful grafts using rat cells.

A UK expert said it was “a big step in the right direction”.

In the study, scientists initially flushed out living liver cells, leaving behind a tissue “scaffold”.

Full story: BBC News – Scientists take first steps in growing working livers

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