Recellularized Hearts, by James Fargnoli
The transplant list for hearts in the US alone is over 3500 and growing. Even when a patient does receive a working donor heart, the risk of organ rejection is significant and the patient is condemned to immunosuppressant treatment for the rest of their lives. Allographic transplants of hearts recellularized with immune compatible cells offer to alleviate the risk of organ rejection. Ultimately, xenographic transplants of recellularized hearts could solve the organ shortage entirely.