Novel Surgical Technique Paves Way to Restoring Failing Organs

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By piercing liver cells with rapid pulses of electricity, scientists at UC San Francisco have demonstrated an entirely new way to transplant cells into organs to treat disease.

Because the technique provides a hospitable environment for newly introduced cells, it may dramatically boost survival of stem cells transplanted to restore a failing liver, heart or lungs, and may one day ease the critical shortage of donor organs, the researchers said. Findings from a mouse study appear in the journal BioTechniques, publishing May 15, 2017 …

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