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Hundreds of organ donations missed due to ignorance
460 potential organ transplants missed every year, says NHSBT Related items fromOnMedica Three people die every day due to organ donor shortage Hundreds of families overrule deceased ’ wishes to donate organs Deemed consent for organ donation increases transplants in Wales Two out of three people back ‘soft’ opt-out organ donation Organ donation numbers reach record high (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 4, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Should we transplant pig organs into humans? | Chas Newkey-Burden and Susan Watts
With a breakthrough in gene editing, the prospect of breeding animals to harvest their organs looms. Chas Newkey-Burden and Susan Watts go head to headPigs are intelligent creatures with social instincts and emotional depth. We are so closely related to them that their hearts can replace our own. But what sort of person would kill a relative for spare parts?Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 15, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Chas Newkey-Burden and Susan Watts Tags: Medical research Genetics Science Animal welfare Animals World news Biology Organ donation Health Source Type: news

Ontario mom mourning her daughter shocked to find she could overrule her wish to donate organs
An Ontario mother who lost her daughter in a car accident over a week ago is seeking changes to this province's organ donation rules. She says she was asked if she wished to reverse her daughter's registration as a donor while in hospital. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Gene editing brings pig organ transplant closer
Conclusion This promising research shows that it can be possible to use gene editing techniques to eliminate retroviruses from pigs, removing one of the potential barriers to using genetically modified pigs as organ donors for humans. There are a few points to note. As the researchers say, though they have shown that pig retroviruses can be passed onto human cells in the laboratory, we don't know what the effects would be in real life. We don't know whether pig retroviruses would be transferred to humans and whether they could cause cancers or immunodeficiency illnesses, for example. The research is at an early stage. The ...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Genetics/stem cells Source Type: news

Gene editing to remove viruses brings transplant organs from pigs a step closer
Study shows gene editing can remove porcine endogenous retroviruses from DNA, potentially making it safe to grow human transplant organs in pigsGrowing human transplant organs in pigs has become a more realistic prospect after scientists used advanced gene editing to remove threatening viruses from the animals ’ DNA.Porcine endogenous retroviruses (Pervs) are permanently embedded in the pig genome but research has shown they can infect human cells, posing a potential hazard.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 10, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Press Association Tags: Genetics Science Organ donation Health Society Biology Source Type: news

Gene Editing Spurs Hope for Transplanting Pig Organs Into Humans
Geneticists have created piglets free of retroviruses, an important step toward creating a new supply of organs for transplant patients. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: GINA KOLATA Tags: Genetic Engineering Pigs Transplants Organ Donation Cloning Science (Journal) Church, Frank Source Type: news

Organs needed
With Scotland set to join Wales in having an "opt-out" system for organ donation, why are England and Northern Ireland not following suit? (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kenya: New Law for Organ Donation to Ease Transplant Pain
[Nation] Anyone wanting to donate their body or organs upon death is free to do so. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 23, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Skating On Thin Ice
Treatment TermsChildren's health Sub-Title Life-Threatening Condition Discovered After Fall During Hockey Game Author Burgetta Wheeler Overview Colby Heath was a growing teenage boy, so his penchant for sleep didn't concern his mother. Nor did his occasional nosebleeds. Yet, as Colby's family now knows, those were clues that something was horribly wrong. Hero Imageskating_on_thin_ice_3.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks Header Playing Hockey was Risk Factor for Congenital Liver Abnormality Content“He went from being a seemingly healthy kid who plays hockey to a kid who needs aliver transplant...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - June 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: klh85 at duke.edu Source Type: news

Pediatric Liver Transplant for Teen Hockey Player
Treatment TermsChildren's healthLiver transplant CategoriesAdvanced treatments Sub-Title Rare Liver Condition Discovered After Fall During Hockey Game Author Burgetta Wheeler Overview Colby Heath was a growing teenage boy, so his penchant for sleep didn't concern his mother. Nor did his occasional nosebleeds. Yet, as Colby's family now knows, those were clues that something was horribly wrong. Hero Imageskating_on_thin_ice_3.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks CTA HeaderLiver Transplants at Duke CTA LinkLearn more Section Features Call To Action Header Playing Hockey was Risk Factor for Congenit...
Source: dukehealth.org: Health Tips - June 15, 2017 Category: Primary Care Authors: klh85 at duke.edu Source Type: news

Effect of media presentations on willingness to commit to organ donation - Harel I, Kogut T, Pinchas M, Slovic P.
We examine how presentations of organ donation cases in the media may affect people's willingness to sign organ donation commitment cards, donate the organs of a deceased relative, support the transition to an "opt-out" policy, or donate a kidney while ali... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Media, Marketing, and Internet Issues Source Type: news

A life taken. A life given. A life shared.
Kaitlyn and Hannah When she read the article in the Cape Cod Times about the 11-year-old girl who underwent a life-saving liver transplant, Melissa Dunphe knew. “Too many pieces fit for it not to be.” She knew that the child, who was at the same hospital on the same floor on the same day, had to be the one who received her five-year-old daughter Kaitlyn’s liver. Five years earlier, at eight months old, Kaitlyn was in a car accident that left her without the use of her limbs and unable to breathe on her own. During her short life, her parents made moments matter. “She was a very happy child,” h...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - April 19, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Donate life Donate life month Liver transplant Liver Transplant Program National Donate Life Month organ donation organ donor Pediatric Transplant Center (PTC) Source Type: news

Organ donation numbers reach record high
34% increase in donations in 2016-17 in Scotland Related items fromOnMedica Hundreds of families overrule deceased ’ wishes to donate organs Give us UK wide opt-out system for organ donation, say doctors ’ leaders Scotland launches organ donor consultation Two out of three people back ‘soft’ opt-out organ donation Deemed consent for organ donation increases transplants in Wales (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 18, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

My blue-eyed boy: The decision to donate life
Hot, humid air arrived that last week in June 2014. Our family was looking forward to a summer of entertaining, barbecuing and sharing our newly built patio with friends. Spending time as a family hiking, traveling or just hanging out at home was important to us. Aidan was ready to head off to a three-day goalie lacrosse camp. It was something he had begged to do all winter long. Aidan loved life and he lived it with passion. Aidan or AJ, depending on who you asked, had his future completely planned. He played basketball, swam and skied. As a Boy Scout, he had spent many days camping and hiking throughout New England and h...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - April 11, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Krista Skinner Tags: Parenting Donate life month National Donate Life Month organ donation Source Type: news

Cryogenic preservation: from single cells to whole organs – Science Weekly podcast
Hannah Devlin looks at recent advances in the field ofcryopreservation and asks how close we are to applying these technologies to whole organsSubscribe& Review oniTunes,Soundcloud,Audioboom,Mixcloud&Acast, and join the discussion onFacebook andTwitterLast year, around 3,500 organs were transplanted into patients in the UK alone. That said, a large number of organs were also discarded because the moment a donor dies, doctors have only eight or so hours to find a patient on the organ register who is a match and can be almost immediately ready for surgery. One recent estimate suggested that as many as 60% of the hear...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 22, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Hannah Devlin and produced by Max Sanderson Tags: Science Organ donation Health Society Source Type: news

eGenesis Announces $38 Million Series A Financing, Led by Biomatics Capital and ARCH Venture Partners, to Solve Shortage of Organs for Donation
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)--eGenesis, a biotechnology company focused on utilizing genome editing technology to make xenotransplantation a routine and lifesaving medical procedure, today announced that it raised a $38 million ... Regenerative Medicine, Venture Capital eGenesis, xenotransplantation, organ transplant (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - March 16, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Here ’s how you heat up cold hearts—for transplantation
[Photo courtesy University of Minnesota]A University of Minnesota–led research team has successfully warmed large-scale animal heart valves and blood vessels that were previously preserved at low temperatures. The discovery of this rewarming process is pivotal for organs and tissues that are left in storage for transplantation for extended periods. “This is the first time that anyone has been able to scale up to a larger biological system and demonstrate successful, fast, and uniform warming hundreds of degrees Celsius per minute of preserved tissue without damaging the tissue,” said John Bischof, a Unive...
Source: Mass Device - March 8, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Biotech Transplants Cryogenics MedTech organ donation University of Minnesota Source Type: news

Dad Writes Heartbreaking Tribute To Wife Who Is Carrying Baby Without Brain To Term
An Oklahoma father paid tribute to his pregnant wife’s selflessness in a beautiful viral post. On Feb. 17, Royce Young posted a photo of his wife, Keri, on Facebook. The photo shows Keri, who is seven months pregnant with their second child, sleeping peacefully on their couch. In the long caption, Royce explained why his wife is so inspiring to him and shared the tearjerking details of this pregnancy. Keri is pregnant with a baby girl, whom she and her husband have decided to name Eva. Tragically, the couple learned at their 19-week ultrasound that their daughter did not have a brain. Royce described that moment...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Emory performs first HIV-positive kidney transplant from HIV-positive deceased donor
Emory Transplant Center performed its first HIV-positive kidney transplant from an HIV-positive deceased donor. The transplant was the first of its kind in Georgia. It was possible because of the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, which took effect in 2015 and authorizes clinical research and revision of rules about organ donation and transportation as a result of that research. Previously, the use of HIV- positive organs was a federal crime. Emory University and eight other centers are conducting… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - February 15, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Ellie Hensley Source Type: news

Time trends in organ donation after neurologic determination of death: a cohort study - Kramer AH, Baht R, Doig CJ.
BACKGROUND: The cause of brain injury may influence the number of organs that can be procured and transplanted with donation following neurologic determination of death. We investigated whether the distribution of causes responsible for neurologic death ha... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 3, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

First human-pig 'chimera' created in milestone study
Prospect of growing human organs for transplantation raised by creation of first ever embryos combining two large, distantly related speciesScientists have created a human-pig hybrid in a milestone study that raises the prospect of being able to grow human organs inside animals for use in transplants.It marks the first time that embryos combining two large, distantly-related species have been produced. The creation of this so-called chimera – named after the cross-species beast of Greek mythology – has been hailed as a significant first step towards generating human hearts, livers and kidneys from scratch.Conti...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 26, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Genetics Science Embryos Biology Health Organ donation Medical research Animal experimentation Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Organ Donation & Cognition / Inappropriate Opioid Use Discussion / Colorado Pediatric Hospitalist Opportunity (FREE)
By the Editors NEJM Group offers so many resources for practicing clinicians. Here's what we chose for you today:NEJM Audio Interview: Scarce Organs and the Cognitively Impaired: Dr. … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 25, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

High-donor-volume hospitals recover more transplantable organs per donor
(American College of Surgeons) Hospitals that manage the highest volume of deceased organ donors are 52 percent more likely to recover an above-average number of transplantable organs per donor compared with low-volume hospitals, according to results from a new study conducted across three US donation regions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 18, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Organ Transplants Hit A Record High For A Very Depressing Reason
This reporting is brought to you by HuffPost’s health and science platform, The Scope. Like us on Facebook and Twitter and tell us your story: scopestories@huffingtonpost.com.   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Philadelphia organ procurement group shatters national records
The Gift of Life Donor Program in 2016 became the first organ procurement organization in the United States to coordinate donations from more than 500 organ donors in a single year. Last year Gift of Life, which is based in Philadelphia, coordinated the donation of life-saving organs from 540 donors, which resulted in 1,412 organs transplanted — marking the ninth consecutive year Gift of Life was the leading organ procurement organization in the country. The old record of 4 83 was set by Gift of… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - January 5, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: John George Source Type: news

Scotland launches organ donor consultation
Doctors welcome ‘soft’ opt-out option Related items fromOnMedica Hundreds of families overrule deceased ’ wishes to donate organs Three people die every day due to organ donor shortage Wales introduces ‘deemed consent’ for organ donation Give us UK wide opt-out system for organ donation, say doctors ’ leaders Opt-out organ donation well-meant but ‘misguided’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 6, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

How the family veto creates a grey zone around Canada's organ donation policy
Even if someone in Canada consents to donating their organs, their relatives can override those wishes — a practice made possible, two legal experts say, due to a disconnect between the law and policy. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Meet The Doctor Behind The Most Extreme Face Transplant Ever
Last August, Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez performed the most extensive face transplant operation ever.  In the 26-hour operation, which took place at New York University Langone Medical Center, the dentist-turned-plastic-surgeon and his team removed the face and scalp of a young victim of a fatal accident and successfully grafted the tissue onto the head of Patrick Hardison, a firefighter who had been horribly burned in a 2001 fire.  The operation showed in dramatic fashion just how far organ transplantation has come since its start in 1954, when surgeons at Brigham Hospital in Boston took a kidney from one ma...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Meet The Doctor Behind The Most Extreme Face Transplant Ever
Last August, Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez performed the most extensive face transplant operation ever.  In the 26-hour operation, which took place at New York University Langone Medical Center, the dentist-turned-plastic-surgeon and his team removed the face and scalp of a young victim of a fatal accident and successfully grafted the tissue onto the head of Patrick Hardison, a firefighter who had been horribly burned in a 2001 fire.  The operation showed in dramatic fashion just how far organ transplantation has come since its start in 1954, when surgeons at Brigham Hospital in Boston took a kidney from one ma...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 1, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Shortage Of Organs For Transplantation -- Is More Research on Human-Animal Chimeras the Right Approach?
This piece was originally published on Bionews and co-authored with Giulia Cavaliere. You can read the original piece here. It is time to discuss, once again, the lifting of a moratorium on research. We are not talking about the CRISPR genome-editing moratorium, but about the 20 August announcement by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lift the moratorium on research involving chimeric human/non-human embryos. The use of federal funds for this kind of research had been previously banned by the NIH in September 2015. Although it does not state it explicitly, the NIH announcement seems to have been triggered by ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 15, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Could Identifying Cardiac Arrest Patients With No Chance of Survival Help Reduce Organ Shortage? Could Identifying Cardiac Arrest Patients With No Chance of Survival Help Reduce Organ Shortage?
Three objective criteria can identify patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) who have no chance of survival but might still provide organs for donation, according to a retrospective study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Three people die every day due to organ donor shortage
Organ Donation Week starting today hopes to encourage more people to join organ donor register Related items fromOnMedica Hundreds of families overrule deceased ’ wishes to donate organs Fears as fewer people receive organ transplants Wales introduces ‘deemed consent’ for organ donation Doctors urge people to discuss organ donation Give us UK wide opt-out system for organ donation, say doctors ’ leaders (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 4, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Saving six: Life before and after transplant
An organ transplant is a life-changing event extending far beyond the operating room, the clinics and the hospital walls. Read about five children, one young adult and their families, whose lives were forever changed by the Pediatric Transplant Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. Lydia’s liver transplant, a mom’s gift Dawn Cavanagh gave her daughter life twice — first when she was born and, again, when she gave 13-year-old Lydia a piece of her liver last summer. The donor-approval process, which occurs with Boston Children’s partner Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, required hours o...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 31, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Our Patients’ Stories double lung transplant ECMO heart failure heart transplant Heart transplant program heart-lung transplant Heung Bae Kim Intestine and Multivisceral Transplant Program Khashayar Vakili kidney transplant Kidney Source Type: news

Sinosphere: Choice of Hong Kong for Organ Transplant Meeting Is Defended
Organizers said the move did not signify international acceptance of China ’ s transplant system, which long relied on organs from executed prisoners. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW Tags: Transplants Organ Donation Prisons and Prisoners China Hong Kong Capital Punishment Transplantation Society Source Type: news

Debate Flares on China ’ s Use of Prisoners ’ Organs as Experts Meet in Hong Kong
Some doctors and ethicists say an international transplant conference should not be held in Hong Kong given the controversy. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW Tags: Political Prisoners Organ Donation Falun Gong House of Representatives Beijing (China) Hong Kong Capital Punishment Source Type: news

The Current State of Manufacturing Human Organs
Thirteen. The number of people that die each day waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant. $5 billion. The cost to create a new drug. $3 billion plus. The amount invested in engineered tissue and organ research by the Federal government in a three year period. Zero. The number of organs currently being manufactured by US industries for transplant. 322,762,018. The number of Americans in 2016 that could benefit from the Department of Defense's new Advanced Tissue Biofabrication Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ATB-MII). The Department of Defense has been interested in engineering organs, tissues and limbs for ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 5, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Double hand transplant is UK first
Twelve-hour operation carried out by Leeds General Infirmary surgical team Related items from OnMedica Scientists 'grow' working kidney Scientists ‘grow’ human blood vessels Give us UK wide opt-out system for organ donation, say doctors ’ leaders Liver transplant for paracetamol overdose rates vary widely across Europe Hundreds of families overrule deceased ’ wishes to donate organs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 21, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Donate a Kidney Now; Get a Voucher for One Later
Howard Broadman, a lawyer and retired judge from California, knows his grandson, Quinn, will probably one day require a kidney transplant. By the time Quinn needs his help, however, Broadman said he may be dead or too old to donate a healthy organ. "I approached UCLA and asked, 'Why don't I give a kidney to someone who needs it now, then get a voucher for my grandson to use when he needs a transplant in the future?' And that's just what we did," Broadman said in a statement. How the program works Broadman worked with Dr. Jeffrey Veale, a transplant surgeon who helped initiate the program at the Ronald Reagan ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Custom Printed Organs
By David W. Niesel and Norbert K Herzog Arguably, among the most exclusive waiting lists are those for organ transplantation. This is an expensive "do or die" medical procedure with limited availability. In the US, kidney transplant waiting list time wait varies from 5-189 months with only four having times of under twelve months. Consider that every 10 minutes someone is added to an organ waiting list and twenty-one people a day die waiting. Remember one donor can save up to eight lives through multiple organ use. As of 2016, there are 121,527 people on an organ transplant waiting list and in 2015, but only abo...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 19, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

The Next iPhone Update Will Help You Save Lives
If you update your iPhone to iOS 10 this fall, you'll gain access to a very special new feature: The ability to register as an organ donor directly from the device's built-in Health app. The app already allows users to include a lot of important information for first responders. For example, you can list existing medical conditions, prescriptions and allergies, along with emergency contact information. Once iOS 10 comes out, the app will let you "sign up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor," Apple and Donate Life America said in a press release Tuesday. The sign-up process supposedly takes &q...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Next iPhone Update Will Help You Save Lives
If you update your iPhone to iOS 10 this fall, you'll gain access to a very special new feature: The ability to register as an organ donor directly from the device's built-in Health app. The app already allows users to include a lot of important information for first responders. For example, you can list existing medical conditions, prescriptions and allergies, along with emergency contact information. Once iOS 10 comes out, the app will let you "sign up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor," Apple and Donate Life America said in a press release Tuesday. The sign-up process supposedly takes &q...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 5, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

White House and Public Sector Tackle Organ Donation
(MedPage Today) -- DoD puts $160 million toward built-from-scratch organs (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - June 13, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Human-pig chimeras and the history of xenotransplantation
Researchers in California have created human-pig chimeric embryos as part of a project to grow human organs for transplantation; while it may make many people uncomfortable, we have been trying to use pigs for parts for nearly 200 years. Being held prisoner by the Bedouin might not seem like a great place to do research, but for Irish surgeon Dr Bigger it was an experience full of opportunities. In 1835 he managed to transplant a cornea into a blind pet gazelle from a wounded wild deer; the transplantation seemed to be a success, and it inspired him to seek out similar operations, to see if they could promise a cure for bl...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 7, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Vanessa Heggie Tags: Genetics Science History of science Embryos Organ donation Biology Health Source Type: news

Organ transplants from 'chimera' pigs face hurdles, say geneticists
Warning of difficulties comes after injection of human stem cells into pig embryos and fears that animals’ brains could be alteredScientists attempting to grow human organs inside pigs will have to overcome significant hurdles before transplants can take place, geneticists have warned.In a Panorama documentary showing on BBC1 on Monday night, researchers at the University of California, Davis, reveal how they have injected human stem cells into pig embryos to explore the possibility of growing a human pancreas inside a pig. The research could help to solve the current shortage of organs for transplant – a situa...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 6, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Genetics Organ donation Health Society Science Biology Animal experimentation Medical research Stem cells US news World news UK news Source Type: news

Human-pig embryos Q&A: how would 'chimeras' make transplant organs?
Scientists have successfully created part-pig, part-human embryos. How have they done this, and could viable human organs really be grown this way?Scientists at the University of California, Davis, are hoping to find a way of growing human organs inside pigs, which can then be transplanted into humans. The technique involves altering the genetic makeup of the pigs so that they do not develop a pancreas and then injecting human cells that will go on to make replacement organs inside the animals. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 6, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Genetics Biology Science Health Society Organ donation Medical research US news World news Animal experimentation Stem cells Source Type: news

Scientists attempting to harvest human organs in pigs create human-pig embryo
Researchers in California have been trying to grow human organs inside pigs in attempt to tackle donor shortageScientists trying to grow human organs inside pigs in an attempt to tackle a shortage of donors have successfully created part-human, part-pig embryos.Researchers at the University of California, Davis combined human stem cells and pig DNA and allowed the embryos to mature for 28 days, before terminating the experiment and analysing the tissue. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 6, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis and Kevin Rawlinson Tags: Genetics Embryos Science Organ donation Biology Health Society Source Type: news

Organ research scientists combine human stem cells and pig DNA
Researchers in California have been trying to grow human organs inside pigs in attempt to tackle donor shortageScientists trying to grow human organs inside pigs in an attempt to tackle a shortage of donors have successfully created part-human, part-pig embryos, it has been reported.Researchers at the University of California, Davis combined human stem cells and pig DNA and allowed the embryos to mature for 28 days, before terminating the experiment and analysing the tissue. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 5, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Kevin Rawlinson Tags: Genetics Embryos Science Organ donation Biology Health Society Source Type: news

Kidney donation runs in the family
Who’s who? Hover over the icons to find out. In addition to being relatives, Susie Percy, her brother Paul Bears, Jr., her father Paul Bears, Sr. and his brother-in-law Bill Cashell all have one thing in common — they each have one kidney. “Kidney donation is a family affair,” says Susie. Thirty-four years ago, Bill Cashell gave a kidney to his son Sean, who was born with a rare genetic condition called Alport syndrome. Eleven years later, when Sean needed a new kidney, his Uncle Paul, Sr. stepped forward. And nine years after that, when Sean was experiencing rejection, Paul Jr. offered to dona...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - April 28, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Heung Bae Kim kidney kidney donation kidney transplant Kidney Transplant Program living donor organ donation Pediatric Transplant Center (PTC) Source Type: news

Soft opt-out boosts organ donation in Wales
Fifteen people have donated their organs in the first two months after a new soft opt-out system for organ donation was introduced in Wales, new figures show. Of those who donated their organs during December 2015 and January 2016, six had their consent deemed because they had not opted out from being a donor. The new soft opt-out system came into effect in December last year and was backed by BMA Cymru Wales. BMA Welsh council chair Phil Banfield, pictured, said: 'It is early days, but the results do look promising. 'We believe the law can only be a good thing for the people of Wales, who have been in desperate need o...
Source: BMA News - April 1, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

What Lab-Grown Human Hearts Could Mean For The Donor Crisis
This study certainly provides a direction which may lead to such a future. ... From this, we can identify that developing newer biomaterials would greatly enhance the viability of the approach, and needs further investigation." Related Coverage: How 3D Printing Could End The Deadly Shortage Of Donor Organs -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 23, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news