Researchers Build First Functional Vascularized Lung Scaffold

September 4, 2017

(UPI) – Researchers at Columbia University have become the first to successfully bioengineer a functional vascularized lung scaffold to treat disease. The scaffold allows the removal of the pulmonary epithelium while maintaining the viability and function of the vascular network and the lung matrix. The study, published today in Science Advances, aimed to overcome the issue of finding new ways to promote lung repair and increase the number of donor lungs to treat end-stage lung disease.

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