In a first, bioengineered vein is implanted in a patient

06/6/2013 | CNET

A blood vessel bioengineered from human cells has been implanted in the arm of a kidney patient. The vessel was produced at Duke University using a scaffold and designed so there is no danger the recipient's immune system will reject it. "We start with this, and one day we may be able to engineer a liver or a kidney or an eye," said Jeffrey Lawson, a vascular surgeon and biologist at Duke Medicine.

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