Girl, 10, has vein made from her own stem cells
This is great. Rather than painful and invasive surgery to harvest a healthy vein from elsewhere on her body, doctors made a vein for her by dosing a “blank” donor vein with stem cells taken from her bone marrow.
Groundbreaking stuff, and has wide potential for further applications. I’m looking forward to when they’ll be able to grow organs on demand in a lab, but until then, make sure you’re on the organ donor register.