Saturday, November 22, 2008

First Bioengineered Organ Transplant

Claudia Castillo has become the first person to receive an organ transplant grown specially for her using her own cells. The operation to replace her windpipe was a success. This could usher in an age where a lack of donated organs is no longer a problem as people have organs grown tailor made for them. Such organs would be better then donated ones because fear of rejection would no longer be a problem.

"A 30-year-old Spanish woman has made medical history by becoming the first patient to receive a whole organ transplant grown using her own cells.

Experts said the development opened a new era in surgery in which the repair of worn-out body parts would be carried out with personally customised replacements.

Claudia Castillo, who lives in Barcelona, underwent the operation to replace her windpipe after tuberculosis had left her with a collapsed lung and unable to breathe.

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