New gene-therapy treatment helps repair damaged lungs - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/1/09

New gene-therapy treatment helps repair damaged lungs

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Canadian researchers are using a new gene-therapy treatment to repair damaged lungs that have been rejected for transplant.

At Toronto's University Health Network, they first put the damaged lung in a chamber designed to simulate the body.  The lungs are set at normal body temperature and pumped with oxygen. Then, they inject a gene into the lungs that reduces inflammation and they've found the lungs that had the therapy could take in fresh oxygen and remove carbon dioxide significantly better than those that didn't get the gene fix.

More study is needed, but researchers are encouraged that this procedure could someday broaden the donor pool for people in need of a lung transplant.

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