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Lab, Field, and Clinic
December 16, 2009

Gene Therapy Repair of Donor Lungs Improves Outlook for Transplantation

JAMA. 2009;302(23):2530. doi:10.1001/jama.302.23.2530

Although lung transplantation is a viable treatment option for patients with end-stage lung disease, many wait in vain for a replacement organ to become available, partly because most potential donor lungs are not healthy enough for transplantation.

Now a new technique that uses gene therapy to help repair damaged donor lungs previously found unfit for transplant shows promise for addressing the shortage of healthy donor organs.

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