Scientists transplant lab-grown lungs into pigs
In a landmark study of regenerative medicine, researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch have transplanted bioengineered lungs into adult pigs, with no visible complications. Lung transplants are particularly problematic, with the number of people requiring one increasing worldwide, while the number of available transplantable organs has decreased. Lungs are harvested from only 15 percent of all cadaveric donors, whereas kidneys and livers are harvested from 88 percent and hearts from 30 percent of deceased donors. The first human lung transplant procedure was performed in 1963, and the recipient survived 18 days, ultimately succumbing to renal failure and malnutrition. Over time, the number of lung transplant procedures has increased.
In 2014, they were the first to grow lung cells in a lab, and their method has been refined ever since to the point that the team is now able to bioengineer transplantable lungs. For 30 days, the bioengineered lungs grew in a bioreactor before being transplanted into adult pigs. In just two weeks, the transplanted lungs had established a stable network of blood vessels, which it needs in order to survive. All of the pigs that received the bioengineered lung remained healthy. The team did not measure how much oxygenation the lungs had provided, which will be researched in the future.
If all goes well, Nichols and Cortiella hope to grow and transplant bioengineered lungs into people within 5 to 10 years. Bioengineered lungs are a great testing medium for experimental drugs, another line of work that can save countless lives.
Over 1,000 pigs seized for harmful agents
A livestock official inspects a pig farm in Ratchaburi province for harmful agents on June 24, 2018. The Livestock Development Department seized more than 1,000 pigs in another check in Chachoengsao on Wednesday. More than 1,000 pigs have been seized from two farms in Chachoengsao’s Muang district after testing positive for harmful agents administered to increase lean meat production, according to the Livestock Development Department. More than 100 department officials were deployed to examine five pig farms and eight slaughterhouses in the district on Wednesday to determine whether they had fed the substances in question to their animals. The five farms are currently raising 7,659 pigs in total.
A total of 1,089 pigs raised in two of the farms returned positive results for the harmful agents through urine testing. The agents are known as beta-agonists and examples would include salbutamol and clenbuterol. Officers said 160 pigs in the eight abattoirs tested negative. Mr Sorawit said the operation zeroed in on areas where pig farming clusters as well as slaughterhouses and meat-selling facilities are concentrated. The use of such agents to feed livestock is punishable by up to three years in prison and/or a fine of up to 60,000 baht, as laid out in the Animal Feed Quality Control Act.
Thailand has long held a zero-tolerance policy on the use of beta-agonists, including ractopamine. The drug has been linked to agitation, dyspnea, cardiac issues, stress, disabilities and death in farm animals.
Ocasio-Cortez Channels FALN on Puerto RicoThe American Spectator
She delivered herself of several tweets on Wednesday that suggest she believes Puerto Rico was an independent and sovereign nation before the U.S. arrived in 1898. 120 years ago today Puerto Rico was invaded and made a colony of the United States. In 1917, all Puerto Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship. In a referendum held last year, the voters of Puerto Rico supported U.S.
statehood in a landslide. The subjugation and treatment of Puerto Ricans as 2nd-class citizens of the United States is nothing new. The first was passed in 1917, and granted U.S. citizenship to all Puerto Ricans. It is estimated that almost 5,000 Puerto Ricans have died in the wake of Hurricane María.
More than 640 employees from other federal agencies temporarily left their jobs in the U.S. to support the Puerto Rico response. More than 63 million meals and snacks were provided to Puerto Rico. FEMA is working closely with the Puerto Rico Department of Health and HHS to provide temporary facilities while any remaining damaged health clinics are repaired and rebuilt. We mortals are not able to simultaneously view the world through the eyes of a girl from the Bronx who grew up in Westchester and is now a Puerto Rican woman.
Nor have we been inculcated with the Marxist ideology that allows us to parrot FALN propaganda without thinking of the dead and maimed.
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