Growing small intestines

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BABIES born prematurely often face intense medical challenges, including intestines that are underdeveloped or diseased. While an intestine transplant can benefit some patients, many babies are simply too small to endure this procedure. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles surgeon Tracy Grikscheit, MD, is a leader in the field of tissue engineering — growing intestines from stem cells. In an article published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, Grikscheit and co-authors highlight how stem cell therapy is poised to become a game-changer for these babies.

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