Friday, April 23, 2004
Bioartificial livers, which are pig liver cell membranes in an external blood processing unit, have been successfully used to treat patients with acute liver failure. Patients go through treatment once a day, and the idea is to keep them alive long enough for their own livers to repair themselves or for a transplant to arrive. A study shows this system 44% more effective than traditional treatments. This is bloody cool! Although it would be cooler if we could stem cell up some new, genetically matched ones for homotransplantation.