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| 11/18/2008 12:00:00 AM

British doctors help perform world's first transplant of a whole organ grown in lab

Nov 19 -- Surgeons replaced the damaged windpipe of Claudia Castillo, a 30-year-old mother of two, with one created from stem cells grown in a laboratory at Bristol University.

Because the new windpipe was made from cells taken from Ms Castillo's own body, using a process called "tissue engineering", she has not needed powerful drugs to prevent her body rejecting the organ.

Avoiding the use of these drugs means she will not be an increased risk of cancer and other diseases unlike other transplant patients - another significant advance.

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