Physicians at four European universities have completed what they say is the first successful transplant of a human windpipe, using a patient's own stem cells to fashion an organ and prevent its rejection by her immune system, according to an article in the British medical journal The Lancet. One of the physicians said the surgery could herald a "new age in surgical care."
The transplant operation was performed on the patient, Claudia Castillo, in June in Barcelona, Spain, to alleviate an acute shortage of breath caused by a failing airway following severe tuberculosis. It followed weeks of preparation carried out at the universities of Barcelona, Spain, Bristol, England, and Padua and Milan in Italy.
News of the procedure coincided with speculation that President-elect Barack Obama may reverse the Bush Administration's restrictions on stem cell research, which has been contentious in some European countries, too. - International Herald Tribune
Adult stem cell research FTW.