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  • Gene Editing Spurs Hope for Transplanting Pig Organs Into Humans

    08/10/2017 12:49:29 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies ^ | AUG. 10, 2017 | By GINA KOLATA
    In a striking advance that helps open the door to organ transplants from animals, researchers have created gene-edited piglets cleansed of viruses that might cause disease in humans. The experiments, reported on Thursday in the journal Science, may make it possible one day to transplant livers, hearts and other organs from pigs into humans, a hope that experts had all but given up. If pig organs were shown to be safe and effective, “they could be a real game changer,” said Dr. David Klassen, chief medical officer at the United Network for Organ Sharing, a private, nonprofit organization that manages...
  • Dying art: Churches struggling to find organists

    04/09/2017 4:10:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 88 replies
    Aletelia ^ | April 8, 2017 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From The Baltimore Sun:  When the longtime organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Havre de Grace announced her retirement last fall, the leaders of the small 200-year-old congregation faced a bigger challenge than they knew.Music — particularly the music of the organ — is central to the life of the church. Members say the instrument’s rich sounds complement their liturgy, inspire congregational singing and even seem to invite the Holy Spirit into their presence.But a six-month search has turned up just one potential applicant. Church leaders are trying every new strategy they can think of to get things...
  • New human organ discovered, purpose of ‘mesentery’ unknown

    01/03/2017 5:21:48 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    The mesentery’s purpose isn’t fully understood, but its presence could hold the key to treating digestive diseases. It was previously thought that the organ was an unimportant group of structures, but it has now been classified as one single organ, which connects the abdomen to the intestine. The discovery that the mesentery was a single structure was first made by Irish researcher J Calvin Coffey at University Hospital Limerick in Ireland in 2012. Since then, he and his team studied the mesentery to prove it should be classified as an organ. "When we approach it like every other organ,” Coffey...
  • 3D printed liver transplants one step closer

    07/28/2016 2:31:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    3D Printing Industry ^ | July 28, 2016 | Nick Hall
    3D printed organ transplants have been in the cards for a while, but deep tissue printing has proved problematic. Now a team of scientists in Korea think they have cracked the code for producing functional liver tissue by printing functional mouse liver cells. Simply put, we need more livers than we currently have as hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver cancer are increasingly prevalent. The donor system, meanwhile, is inherently flawed. Patients face agonising treatment while they wait for a suitable liver. There is simply no guarantee they will get a matching organ in time and even if they do, there can...
  • Living tissue 3D printing: Breakthrough could lead to creation of new organs

    Researchers at the University of Bristol have developed the bio-ink, created by scientists at the University of Bristol, from stem cells. It is expected to pave the way for the production of complex tissues to replace diseased or damaged areas of the body such as knees and hips and eventually the creation of vital organs. Lead researcher Dr Adam Perriman, an expert in cellular medicine at the University of Bristol, said: “This is a very exciting development which we believe could lead to a revolution in the treatment of diseases like osteoarthritis and other causes of tissue damage. “This approach...
  • For Planned Parenthood Black Livers Matter

    07/20/2015 5:24:01 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 15 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 7/20/2015 | David Catron
    If you have ever witnessed one of those “spontaneous” pro-abortion demonstrations held in Washington whenever Congress contemplates curtailing taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, you may have noticed that there was something missing—African-American demonstrators. This is odd, considering that black women are far more likely to have abortions than are their Caucasian counterparts. And, examined in light of the now infamous video of a white Planned Parenthood official discussing how to crush a baby without damaging marketable livers and other organs, it is particularly ominous. Why? Because the terminated baby will probably have been black, and that is no coincidence. Am...
  • Policy Statement: Using Animal Organs for Transplantation into Other Animals

    The ASPCA is opposed to the killing of live animals for organ donation to other animals. The ASPCA does support ethical practices such as kidney transplant programs in which a kidney is harvested from a carefully selected animal on the condition that the guardian of the animal receiving the kidney must subsequently adopt or arrange for a permanent home for the donor animal.
  • Undercover Investigation Reveals Planned Parenthood's Organ Trafficking Operations

    07/14/2015 9:27:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 7/14/2014 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    Sean Davis reports at The Federalist: In shocking video obtained by the Center for Medical Progress and first reported by Live Action News, a top Planned Parenthood executive is seen attempting to sell body parts from aborted babies. Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director for medical services, is caught on video bragging about how she aborts babies in such a way that their body parts and organs can later be sold for profit. “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part,” Nucatola tells actors posing as organ...
  • New 3D Printable Hydrogel Composites Created — Possible Breakthrough in Human Body Part Replacement

    05/01/2015 11:22:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    3DPrint ^ | April 29, 2015 | Brian Krassenstein
    There is tremendous progress being made within the area of 3D bioprinting. In fact, there are companies working to print human organs as we speak, and within the next decade such organs may, if we are lucky, be available for human transplantation. With that said we still are a ways away from such an accomplishment. There are multiple obstacles researchers must first overcome. When considering the organ printing space in general, the printing of complicated vascular networks is the main obstacle currently preventing progress. On the other hand, when printing cellular musculoskeletal tissues the main obstacle in this space is...
  • Want To Murder Someone? Pennsylvania’s About To Make It Easier

    09/17/2014 9:06:21 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-17-2014 | Dick Teresi
    Pennsylvania legislators are poised to pass into law an organ-transplant-donation bill that will make it easier for murderers to avoid detection and prosecution. Two bills, almost identical, Senate Bill 850 (SB 850) and House Bill 30 (HB 30), according to its many bipartisan sponsors, will greatly increase the number of organ donors. There are currently 121,000 people on the national waitlist for organ transplants, and laws to increase the organ supply are perennially popular in many states. Those opposing such laws are commonly accused of condemning to death people on the waitlist. Law enforcement officials, however, are taking exception to...

    07/18/2014 5:11:34 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 19 replies ^ | 6-18-2014 | EHX
    With 9 presets that were finely tuned to emulate the most legendary organs from the '60s and beyond, the B9 Organ Machine will transform your guitar or keyboard. Tracking is fast and flawless. Control of its signature percussive click and sweet modulation is precise. Blend your dry instrument to create lush layers.
  • Scientists Fully Regenerate Organ In Living Animal For The First Time

    04/08/2014 7:36:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/08/2014 | KATE KELLAND, REUTERS
    LONDON (Reuters) - British scientists have for the first time used regenerative medicine to fully restore an organ in a living animal, a discovery they say may pave the way for similar techniques to be used in humans in future. The University of Edinburgh team rebuilt the thymus - an organ central to the immune system and found in front of the heart - of very old mice by reactivating a natural mechanism that gets shut down with age. The regenerated thymus was not only similar in structure and genetic detail to one in a young mouse, the scientists said,...
  • Organ Music and Tradition at St. Gertrude the Great (Keeping the faith)

    11/15/2013 4:26:25 AM PST · by IbJensen · 12 replies
    Quidlibet: ^ | 11/12/2013 | Rev. Anthony Cekeda
    EVEN AT AGE 13 in 1964, the Vatican II liturgical changes that were just being introduced left me a bit uneasy, in particular, the near-immediate decline of good Catholic church music. I resolved to do something about it, so at age 14, with no keyboard training at all, I began to study organ and aspired to compose good liturgical music. To make a long story short, in a mere year or two my enthusiasm (it sure wasn’t my keyboard technique!) landed me a little scholarship at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. The head of the Conservatory was Michael P. Hammond...
  • Ohio execution stayed while state weighs allowing organ donation

    11/13/2013 3:56:31 PM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    KFGO ^ | 11/13/13 | Kim Palmer
    CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Ohio Governor John Kasich on Wednesday stayed the execution of convicted killer Ronald Phillips to assess whether Phillips's non-vital organs or tissues can be donated to his mother or possibly others. Phillips, 40, was scheduled to be executed Thursday for the 1993 murder of 3-year-old Sheila Marie Evans. But Kasich granted a stay until July 2 to allow medical experts to assess whether Phillips's non-vital organs or tissues can be donated to his mother or others.
  • Mapping the way to a more 'fair' wait for new livers

    08/26/2013 3:06:01 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 2 replies
    ABC News ^ | Aug 20, 2013 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    Mapping the way to a more fair wait for new livers Aug 20, 12:36 PM (ET) By LAURAN NEERGAARD (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) - Where you live can affect your chances of getting a liver transplant, and your risk of dying while waiting. The nation's transplant network says it's time to make the system fairer - and it may take a cue from how politicians redraw voting maps. "Gerrymandering for the public good" is how Johns Hopkins University transplant surgeon Dr. Dorry Segev describes a proposal to change the map that governs how donated livers are distributed around the country. The...
  • Illegal Aliens Demand Free Organ Transplants

    08/20/2013 4:21:57 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 25 replies
    Illegal immigrants have boldly demanded everything from civil rights in the U.S. to driver’s licenses and government benefits such as welfare and discounted tuition at public universities, so why stop there? Now they want American taxpayers to finance their organ transplants! This is even more brazen than the discrimination lawsuits illegal aliens have filed against law enforcement agencies—both federal and local—in the U.S. over the years. To make their point, the illegal immigrants have gone on a hunger strike outside an Illinois hospital demanding free organ transplants for themselves and their fellow undocumented comrades. This insanity is taking place outside...
  • Policy Makes Lung Transplant Out of Reach for 10-Year-Old

    05/29/2013 2:51:51 PM PDT · by Wanderer99 · 24 replies
    ABC news ^ | May 29, 2013 | Sydney Lupkin
    If Sarah Murnaghan were 12 years old, she would be at the top of the adult lung transplant list because she only has weeks to live and a lung transplant would as-good-as cure her of cystic fibrosis. But she's not 12, and if she doesn't get new lungs, she might not even make it to 11. "We are not asking for preference for Sarah, we are asking for equality," Sarah's mother, Janet Murnaghan, said in a press release. "We strongly believe Sarah should be triaged based on the severity of her illness, not her age." Organ Donation: Should Younger Patients...
  • 'Stimulated' stem cells stop donor organ rejection

    10/18/2011 3:03:24 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 2 replies
    MedicalXpress ^ | 10/18/11
    (Medical Xpress) -- Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a way to stimulate a rat’s stem cells after a liver transplant as a means of preventing rejection of the new organ without the need for lifelong immunosuppressant drugs. The need for anti-rejection medicines, which carry serious side effects, is a major obstacle to successful long-term transplant survival in people. With a combination of a very low, short-term dose of an immunosuppressive drug to prevent immediate rejection and four doses of a medication that frees the recipient’s stem cells from the bone marrow to seek out and populate the donor organ, the...
  • First Fully Lab-Grown Organ Successfully Transplanted

    07/08/2011 5:47:20 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 27 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 7/8/2011 | Atlantic Wire
    A man who developed cancer in his windpipe has gotten a new trachea, grown entirely from his own stem cells over two days in a laboratory in Sweden. The operation is remarkable because it's the first time a completely synthetically grown organ has been transplanted into a patient, The Guardian reported. "The synthetic trachea was created by growing the patient's own stem cells on an artificial 'scaffold', which British scientists helped design.
  • Giant organ brings French sound to NY

    03/28/2011 1:18:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 57 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/28/11 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – Here's heavy metal music that won't give you a headache: a French-built organ with more than 6,000 steel pipes that has just started thundering from a New York church. The organ, built by master artisans in France, draws on centuries of French organ tradition, creating an authentic Baroque sound that other makers just can't copy, according to organist Dennis Keene. "It reminds you of Versailles at the king's arrival. We don't have this kind of sounds in the US," Keene enthused. The instrument, comprising a staggering 6,183 pipes in 111 ranks, will be officially inaugurated in...