First partial pancreas transplant a success


A 56-YEAR-OLD Japanese woman has donated half of her pancreas to treat her daughter’s diabetes. It is the first time a living donor has donated part of this organ. After removing the pancreatic tissue at Kyoto University Hospital in Japan on 19 January, James Shapiro of the University of Alberta in Canada and his colleagues extracted the islet cells and transplanted them into the woman’s 27-year-old daughter. The islet cells began producing insulin minutes after the transplant, says Shapiro,
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