World’s First Autologous Lung Stem Cell Transplant Conducted in China
February 26, 2018
(China.org.cn) – This was the world’s first successful clinical trial of autologous lung stem cell transplantation. The process and results of the research were published in the science journal Protein & Cell on Jan. 17. Two non-smoking male patients with chronic lung diseases were selected for the operations, which were conducted in April 2016 by professor Zuo Wei and his research team from Tongji University’s Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Nano Science. Cells were taken from the patients’ airways and cultured outside their bodies before being transplanted into their lungs. The cells began to replace injured tissue three months after operation.