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The cell-surface receptor, SIRP-alpha, initiates the innate immune response in hosts.  

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“Father of Organ Transplantation” Dies

By | March 6, 2017

Thomas Starzl performed the first successful human liver transplant in 1967 and went on to help develop drugs that improved survival for organ transplant patients.

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Scientists Create First Human-Pig Chimeric Embryos

By | January 26, 2017

While the hope is to one day grow organs for transplantation into people, several technical and ethical challenges remain.

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Genes Expressed After Death

By | June 23, 2016

Understanding postmortem gene expression could help researchers improve organ transplants and time-of-death estimates, according to studies on mice and zebrafish.

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First US Penis Transplant

By | May 16, 2016

A man who lost his penis due to cancer has received the organ from a deceased donor.

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Xenotransplant Record

By | April 6, 2016

A donor heart from a genetically modified pig survives for more than 2.5 years inside a baboon’s abdomen.

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image: First Uterus Transplant in U.S.

First Uterus Transplant in U.S.

By | March 1, 2016

Less than six months after a woman in Sweden gave birth to a healthy baby from a transplanted womb, doctors in Cleveland begin a clinical trial to test the procedure in 10 US women.

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Hearts in Hand

By | January 1, 2016

Texas Heart Institute heart surgeon Bud Frazier is a pioneer of heart transplant technologies.

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image: If It Ain't Broke . . .

If It Ain't Broke . . .

By | January 1, 2016

Is there room to improve upon the tried-and-true, decades-old technology of artificial hearts?

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Modified Pigs as Organ Donors?

By | October 9, 2015

Researchers have edited more than 60 genes in pig embryos to facilitate organ donations for humans.

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