Pa­tient re­sponds to new liver treat­ment

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Chi­nese sci­en­tists have de­vel­oped a bioar­ti­fi­cial liver sys­tem that can pro­long the sur­vival of pigs with acute liver fail­ure, in­di­cat­ing a promis­ing clin­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tion for hu­mans fac­ing a com­pa­ra­ble life-threat­en­ing ill­ness.

In the first hu­man ap­pli­ca­tion of the de­vice, a woman in her 60s who has had hep­ati­tis B for more than four decades and was re­cently di­ag­nosed with liver fail­ure re­ceived the treat­ment ear­lier this month.

“Af­ter us­ing the bioar­ti­fi­cial liver de­vice, her liver func­tion re­cov­ered well and she is no longer crit­i­cal,” said Hui Lijian, head of a group of sci­en­tists at the In­sti­tute of Bio­chem­istry and Cell Bi­ol­ogy.

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