Mass. General and Harvard researchers implant artificial lungs into rat

July 14, 2010 by MedCity News

Bay State scientists up the ante on University of Minnesota researchers who grew breathing rat lungs and implant their own artificial lungs into a rat.

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By Thomas Lee

Just weeks after researchers at the University of Minnesota medical school said they grew breathing rat lungs in a laboratory, a team from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University announced they not only grew rat lungs but also implanted the organs into rats.

The lungs functioned for six hours, albeit imperfectly, according to a study the team published in the journal Nature Medicine.

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