Medicine: Progress in Transplants

Medical scientists this week reported a major advance toward one of their most cherished goals: the ability to replace diseased or worn-out human organs. Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, a team of doctors from Harvard Medical School and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital described the first successful attempt to graft a man with a kidney from somebody other than an identical twin. The patient is alive and healthy after 18 months-long enough to suggest that he has a chance of living a near-normal life. Led by Dr. John P. Merrill, the...

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