Grown in one species, organ transplant helps cure other

An interspecies transplant turned out to be an effective cure in diabetic mice, bringing the prospect of growing made-to-order human organs in other species a bit closer to reality.

It’s the first time that small parts of an organ, in this case pancreatic cells called islets, grown inside one species were transplanted into another species to successfully treat a medical condition. The researchers say that their work is an important step forward for the treatment of diabetes in humans, but technical, as well as ethical, questions still remain. 

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