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Bioengineering better blood vessels

Durable conduits made by living cells might boost options for dialysis, heart bypass patients

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4:22pm, February 2, 2011

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Using human cells as tiny factories, researchers can grow new blood vessels that might someday provide a valuable option for patients undergoing surgery for kidney dialysis or a heart bypass. The new study testing the bioengineered vessels in baboons and dogs raises the prospect of mass-producing such natural-tissue vessels, researchers report in the Feb. 2 Science Translational Medicine.

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