April 4, 2006 |
In a major advance toward the development of artificial organs, bladders grown from patients' own cells in the laboratory have been successfully implanted in seven children with spina bifida and shown to function for five years or longer, researchers reported today. The achievement, reported online in the international medical journal the Lancet, marks the first time that artificial organs more complicated than skin and bone have been implanted in humans.
September 11, 1989 |
Gen. Alvaro Obregon's right arm, severed in battle in 1915, stored in his doctor's safe for 20 years and displayed in a marble monument for another half a century, today is the centerpiece of a modern Mexican controversy. Although preserved in a jar of formaldehyde, the former President of Mexico's legendary arm has disintegrated over the decades to little more than a wrist and hand. The remains are undignified, say friends and family members, and should be destroyed.
October 8, 2005 |
. Using cells from sheep's amniotic fluid, researchers have constructed tracheas for fetal lambs that can be used to repair congenitally malformed ones. The Children's Hospital Boston team reported Thursday at an American Academy of Pediatrics meeting that they collected mesenchymal stem cells, grew them in culture, then seeded them onto a tube-shaped scaffolding. Prenatal lambs receiving the tracheas were able to breathe normally at birth. Researchers hope to begin tests in humans soon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2006 |
Two years ago, in a case that garnered international attention, Ernest V. Nelson was arrested and accused of being a middleman in a scheme to sell body parts from corpses donated to UCLA's medical school. Now, Nelson, who has not been charged with a crime, is seeking to clear his name: writing his memoirs, helping lawyers suing the school and filing his own suit against University of California regents and the police officers who arrested him.
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March 11, 1999 |
A jar containing what appears to be part of a human brain was discovered in the bed of a truck abandoned in Huntington Beach, police said Wednesday. The blue 1962 Dodge pickup was found behind a motel on Yorktown Avenue on Jan. 14 and had been at a private impound lot ever since, police said. The brain, sealed in a half-gallon glass jar of murky liquid, apparently had been there undisturbed until the truck was cleaned out Wednesday to be put up for auction.
August 8, 1988
Paraguayan police rescued seven Brazilian baby boys from a gang of kidnapers planning to kill them in the United States and sell their vital organs there, Juvenile Court Judge Angel Campos said in Asuncion. The babies--aged between 3 and 6 months--were rescued Wednesday from a private home in an Asuncion suburb. The infants were scheduled to be sold in the United States for about $15,000 each, police said. Seven people, including five Brazilian women, were arrested.