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Researchers Grow Human Lungs In Lab For First Time

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Human lungs have been grown in a lab at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. The organs were grown in a fish tank using cells from dead children. Stripping one lung down to its basics - collagen and elastin - the researchers then harvested cells from the other lung.

The combination was placed in a chamber filled with nutritious liquid. After four weeks, the team extracted a complete human lung. The team repeated the procedure with a second set of lungs.

"It's taken us a year to prove to ourselves that we actually did a good job with it. You don't run out immediately and tell the world you have something wonderful until you've proved it to ourselves that we really did something amazing," researcher Dr. Joan Nichols told FOX.

"It's so darn cool," she added to CNN. "It's been science fiction and we're moving into science fact."

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