The future of tissue (no, no, not Kleenex)

August 19, 2008

For anyone who has ever wished they could trade in their broken pancreas for a new one, here’s some good news: Canadian scientists are getting closer to making replacement organs. The researchers encouraged stem cells to make the building blocks for what could turn into lungs, livers and pancreases, reported the journal Stem Cell. It will likely be decades before you’ll be able to order up a new set of lungs along with a pack of Marlboros at your local 7-11, but it’s still really cool science.

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