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Lungs converted to universal blood type promising for transplantation


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Science Translational Medicine
Reuters Health - 23/02/2022 - Researchers converted human lungs from type A to type O in a proof-of-concept study that could lead to an expanded pool of universal donor organs for transplant.  "We were pleasantly surprised with how efficient the treatment was in removing the A antigens from the lung cells in a very short period of time," Dr. Marcelo Cypel of Toronto General Hospital Research Network, University Health Network in Ontario told Reuters Health by email. "The removal of >97% of A antigens is very promising."  "We are planning to start some initial clinical trials in the next 12-18 months," he said. "To make sure we do a safe stepwise approach we ...


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