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NEWS FEATURE: Taking tissue engineering to heart — a look at the first US trial of tissue-engineered blood vessels

More than a decade after Japanese scientists implanted the first bioengineered blood vessel into a child with a congenital heart defect, the experimental treatment has finally made its way into clinical testing in the US. Elie Dolgin asks what took so long and what lessons have been learned along the way. 

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