Category Transplantation

Adult lungs transplanted in child: Spotlight on cystic fibrosis

Special Saturday Post. Oh, wait, by the time I post this, it’ll be Sunday. One of my classes just went through respiratory system, and another will go through that in a couple weeks. It makes a great time to talk about something in the news. Sarah Murnaghan, a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl with cystic fibrosis, came into […]

Can Brain Implants and Stem Cells restore lost memories?

Two recent articles highlight memory restoration through different means – one by stem cell transplant and another using electrodes. Researchers at University of Wisconsin-Madison showed that human stem cells can successfully implant themselves in the brain and form nerves. The research showed nerves that released GABA and acetylcholine neurotransmitters were formed, and these mice scored significantly […]

Quadruple Amptutee Gets New Arms -Video Links

This amazing soldier was released from Johns Hopkins after a 13 hour surgery to implant arms from a cadaver in December. The following is from CNN.com – CBS video links follow: A U.S. Army infantryman who lost all four limbs in a 2009 roadside explosion in Iraq has undergone radical transplant surgery that may help […]

Transplant Cells, Not Organs

Another recent entry from TED.com, “ideas worth spreading,” has to do with transplantation. We transplant hearts, lungs, livers, kidneys, and other organs. My students always have a debate on matching blood types in transfusions and transplantations.  Have you ever thought about why we don’t transplant cells?! A Singapore surgeon explores this … http://www.ted.com/talks/susan_lim.html