Transplant Surgery
Findings may help overcome hurdle to successful bone marrow transplantation

Findings may help overcome hurdle to successful bone marrow transplantation

Washington: Blood diseases such as leukaemia, multiple myeloma, and myelodysplasia can develop from abnormal bone marrow cells and a dysfunctional bone marrow microenvironment that surrounds these cells. Until now, researchers have been unable to replace the cells that make up the bone marrow microenvironment. more

Study suggests new source of kidneys for transplant

Study suggests new source of kidneys for transplant

Washington: Nearly 20 per cent of kidneys that are recovered from deceased donors in the US are refused for transplant due to factors ranging from scarring in small blood vessels of the kidney’s filtering units to the organ going too long without blood or oxygen. But, what if instead of being discarded, these organs could be “recycled” to help solve the critical shortage of donor organs? more

Israeli scientists turn patients’ skin cells into heart muscle cells to repair their damaged hearts

Israeli scientists turn patients’ skin cells into heart muscle cells to repair their damaged hearts

Tel Aviv: For the first time scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have succeeded in taking skin cells from heart failure patients and reprogramming them to transform into healthy, new heart muscle cells that are capable of integrating with existing heart tissue. more

Photoreceptor transplant restores vision in mice

Photoreceptor transplant restores vision in mice

London: Scientists from the University College London (UCL) Institute of Ophthalmology have shown that transplanting light-sensitive photoreceptors into the eyes of visually impaired mice can restore their vision. more

Bone marrow transplantation may increase cancer resistance in patients

Lexington (US): Bone marrow transplantation with genetically modified cells may prolong the period of cancer-free survival, suggests a study led by Dr Vivek Rangnekar, associate director of translational research for the Markey Cancer Centre at the University of Kentucky. more