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Stockholm, Sweden (UPI) Jul 7, 2011
Surgeons in Sweden have performed the world's first transplant of a synthetic organ, an artificial windpipe coated in the patient's stem cells, officials said.
Surgeons at the Karolinska University Hospital said the 36-year-old cancer patient is doing well after the procedure, the BBC reported Thursday.
The pioneering surgery, which presents no risk of the organ being rejected, involves modeling a structure or scaffold that is an exact replica of the patient's own windpipe, removing the need for a donor organ.
Scientists at University College London used 3D scans of the patient's windpipe to craft a copy of the patient's trachea out of porous glass, which was then flown to Sweden and soaked in a solution of stem cells taken from the patient's bone marrow.
In a 12-hour operation, the patient's cancerous windpipe was removed and replaced with the custom-made replica.
The stem cells will be able to divide and grow, turning the inert windpipe scaffold into an organ indistinguishable from a normal healthy one, doctors said.
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Australia moves on head-covering laws
Perth, Australia (UPI) Jul 6, 2011
A second Australian state is considering a law that would require a woman wearing a burqa to remove it when requested by police. Western Australia's Police Minister Rob Johnson will propose a law to the Western Australia Cabinet that makes it an offense to not remove headgear, including motorcycle helmets as well as burqas, when asked to do so by police. "I don't think that's unr ... read more
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