Japan newborn gets liver stem cells in world first

Japan newborn gets liver stem cells in world first

Tokyo (AFP) - Doctors in Japan have successfully transplanted liver cells derived from embryonic stem cells into a newborn baby, in a world first that could provide new treatment options for infants.The newborn was suffering from urea cycle disorder, where the liver is not capable of breaking down toxic ammonia.But the six-day-old was too small to undergo a liver transplant, generally not considered safe until a child weighs around six kilogrammes (13 pounds) at around three to five months old.Doctors at the National Center for Child Health and Development decided to try a "bridge treatment" u...


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