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Tissue-Engineered Grafts Composed of Adult Stem Cells Could One Day Replace Synthetic Vascular Bypass Grafts

(Science Daily) Using adult stem cells, researchers have created functional blood vessels that could one day replace synthetic grafts often required in various vascular bypass surgeries, according to research…

"It was our idea to create a more biological conduit that would avoid the problems of synthetic grafts and give patients a better alternative," said [Stephen E. McIlhenny, Ph.D., lead author of the study.]. "The significant finding is that we can build a blood vessel from donor tissue and an animal's own adult stem cells. Potentially, patients requiring bypass surgery could receive optimized grafts that would reduce their future complications."

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