Humacyte Inc. researchers create artificial blood vessels

February 21st, 2011 - 7:56 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Feb 21 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Scientists have made a breakthrough in their bid to get replacement blood vessels that would help save patients.

Researchers in Humacyte Inc., in Durham, North Carolina have come up with a new way to create artificial blood vessels that could be made available to patients that need it. They have devised a way to get cells to build blood vessels.

For about three decades now, researchers have been looking for ways to be able to create blood vessels for those that require it. It is estimated that about 100,000 Americans who need bypass surgery do not get it because of compatibility issues with replacement veins every year.

The new artificial blood vessels would make life very easy for doctors. The vessels come in ready-to-use forms so they would not be required to do much. It also promises to speed up the operation time in times of emergency.

The findings of the research were published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Some doctors are already calling the study “universal blood vessel” because of its compatibility.

A biomedical engineer at Columbia University in New York, Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, told reporters that, “This is very practical and convenient for clinical applications.”

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