Lab-grown 3D intestine regenerates gut lining in dogs


Scientists have regenerated gut tissue in the colons of dogs with missing gut lining using a lab grown 3D intestine, an advance that could lead to the development of an implantable replacement intestine for humans.

The technique could help treat a range of devastating disorders – including infections, cancer and trauma – that result in loss or death of gut tissue, researchers said. Chief among them is a condition that affects 12% of premature newborns, called necrotising enterocolitis (NEC), which is marked by the rapid death of intestinal cells and permanent loss of intestinal tissue.

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