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Living organ regenerated for the first time.

Living organ regenerated for the first time.

 



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    1 Living organ regenerated for the first time. on Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:37 pm

    Scientest at the University of Edinburgh have successfully regenerated a living organ in a mouse. The thymus, responsible for generating important immune cells and is located near the heart. This advancement in science could be the doorway to new ways of treatment or therapy in people with immune deficiencies.



    The thymus starts to have problems in older mice and scientist have recreated a working organ that works as if it was in a younger mouse. This is a big step in the scientific field that could lead the way for new treatments in the future.

    The thymus that was created and used in the mice created more white blood cells which are important in fighting off infections. Though it is not confirmed if it will boost the immune system of the mice.

    The scientist targeted the protein of the cells produced by the thymus called (FOXN1) increasing the levels of FOXN1 the team can instruct stem cell-like cells to rebuild the organ.



    Treatment Plans

    Using this method in generating a living organ we can potentially use it in treatments that can help with DiGeorge syndrome, which makes the thymus not develop properly. It may also help with the elderly as the thymus starts to become ineffective in later ages which can lead to infections such as the flu.

    source: http://www.ed.ac.uk/home

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    #science #advancements #new #treatment #immune #therapy #experiment #FOXN1 #mice #thymus #organ #recreation #regenerated #living #organ


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