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More Non-Embryo-Destroying Hope

From the Telegraph:

Patients treated for advanced liver cancer have grown new liver cells after being injected with stem cells taken from their hips.

Six out of eight patients are still alive two years later with fully functioning livers. The treatment, given in Germany, brings hope for liver patients.

Surgeons at the University of Dusseldorf took bone marrow stem cells from the hips of patients with advanced liver cancer and injected then into the healthy parts of the liver. The organ is capable of regeneration but the patients had only 20 per cent of healthy liver left, not enough for surgery.

The surgeons diverted blood supplying the diseased part of the liver to the remaining healthy part which accelerated the growth of new liver cells. At the same time they injected stem cells from the hips into the blood supplying the healthy part of the liver.

They say in the journal Radiology that after a few weeks enough liver tissue had grown for surgeons to remove the cancers. 

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