Interview with Sir Peter J. Morris, AC, FRS: Melbourne and Oxford Universities' Transplantation Surgeon and Retiring Editor of Transplantation
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Organ transplant: Islam favours care, ease to patients
April 8 - Karachi - On Wednesday, ulema attending a programme at the Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre at Karachi University not only supported the life-lengthening medical procedure but praised the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation for its efforts in this regard. [more]

Could a Bilateral Lung and Pancreatic Transplantation From the Same Donor Benefit CFRD Patients?
April 9 - Cystic Fibrosis News - A team led by researchers at the University Hospital in Strasbourg, France is currently recruiting patients for a clinical trial designed to assess the efficacy of combined lung and pancreatic islet transplantation in individuals with end-stage cystic fibrosis (CF). [more]

Reversal of diabetes following transplantation of an insulin-secreting human liver cell line: Melligen cells
April 8 - Molecular Therapy - Methods & Clinical Development - As an alternative to the transplantation of islets, a human liver cell line has been genetically engineered to reverse type 1 diabetes (TID). [more]

Deceased donor multidrug resistance protein 1 and caveolin 1 gene variants may influence allograft survival in kidney transplantation
Variants in donor multidrug resistance protein 1 (ABCB1) and caveolin 1 (CAV1) genes are associated with renal allograft failure after transplantation in Europeans. Here we assessed transplantation outcomes of kidneys from 368 African American (AA) and 314 European American (EA) deceased donors based on 38 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) spanning ABCB1 and 16 SNPs spanning CAV1, including previously associated index and haplotype-tagging SNPs. [more - requires subscription to Kidney International]

Russian Computer Scientist Volunteers For World's First Head Transplant Operation
April 11 - TechAERIS - Valeri Spiridonov, has volunteered to undergo the world's first full head transplant. Speaking in Moscow this past week, the 30-year-old who suffers from Werdnig-Hoffman disorder, a rare genetic muscle-wasting disorder, is hoping this experimental surgery will help thousands of people in the future. [more]