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Bioartificial organs may ease need for donors

Trachea transplant presages a new era

Christopher Lyles celebrated with a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and bacon when he arrived home in Baltimore last week, two months after becoming the second patient ever to receive an artificial trachea, made of a plastic scaffold seeded with his own cells.

When he was diagnosed with throat cancer in early June, doctors told him surgery was his only hope for long-term survival. But conventional surgical techniques would not work because his tumor was too large for his trachea to be closed around it.

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