Chinese scientists develop new bio-artificial liver

Chinese scientists have developed a new bio-artificial liver that can help patients to survive from liver failure long enough for an organ transplant.

It has been developed by team of researchers from the Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences and doctors from Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital.

Key facts

  • The bio-artificial liver is based on human liver cells and has been designed to be attached outside a patient’s body.
  • This liver device is based on cells taken from human fat, skin or other tissues and is reprogrammed into liver cells.
  • It can help  to prolong lives of patients with liver failure by recovering patients’ liver functions till suitable donor livers for a transplant is found.

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