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End the global organ crisis through the crowdfunded New Organ Prize to stimulate and award regenerative medicine breakthroughs.
End the global organ crisis through the crowdfunded New Organ Prize to stimulate and award regenerative medicine breakthroughs.

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Two Swedish women are hoping to get pregnant after receiving uterus transplants. One of the women had her uterus removed because of cervical cancer, and the other was born without one. 

If these women are able to get pregnant and give birth to healthy children, it will mark a significant medical advance and discovery in the field of organ transplantation. 

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Love this idea for an innovative new use for an old space.
Cool concept for an underground park with art and plants, at an abandoned trolley depot in Manhattan's Lower East Side. 

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Researchers at Brown University are experimenting with molecular beacons as a way to shed new light on stem cell research and tissue engineering. 

This technology may tell researchers what it takes to make stem cells transform into specific tissue cells more often and more quickly—a key goal in improving regenerative medicine treatments.

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In 2006, Dr. Anthony Atala's team from Wake Forest University became the first to successfully grow and implant an organ into a human patient.

Now Atala and his team are using their expertise to help rebuild the bodies of veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as men and boys injured in car accidents.

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Ever wonder why we love eating things like french fries and Snickers, but not brussels sprouts? Hank Green from Youtube's SciShow explains how craving junk food is all in our heads--literally. 

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Imagine a new age of medicine where doctors can build replacement materials, like bones and organs, for our bodies from scratch. Through their research, tissue engineers like Nina Tandon are helping this dream become a reality. 

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Iranian physicians and researchers have recently made exciting progress with organ donation technology including a machine that keeps a donated heart alive and healthy for 2 months! 

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Engineered organs just got even more high-tech. Researchers from MIT, Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital have created true 3D engineered tissue embedded with electronic sensors in the underlying scaffold. 

"It brings us one step closer to someday creating a tissue-engineered heart, and it shows how novel nanomaterials can play a role in this field," says Robert Langer, the David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT.

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Check out these world-changing inventions that have been backed up by working prototypes--like a new early screening method for cancer, and a fuel that runs on stomach bacteria. Oh, and they've all been created by high schoolers. 

With curious, young minds already accomplishing such impressive feats, it seems likely that we will have viable solutions to major medical issues like the organ shortage within our lifetime. 

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Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died of medical complications after cardiovascular surgery this Saturday, August 25th.  

This video is a short tribute to a man who inspired a nation, and showed the world that great things, even seemingly impossible things, can be accomplished.

"He was a symbol of what we can do when we work together toward a common goal. He was a symbol of the power of America, of science, of engineering, and of the unity of mankind," says video creator, Hank Green.
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