Topic: Really,Artificial Liver?

Hi,everyone,

http://www.fiercebiotech.com/story/vita … e=internal

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Re: Really,Artificial Liver?

I don't understand. Why would the artifical liver cartridges be packed with cancerous cells to filter toxins and synthesize proteins in plasma. The cancerous cells are what I don't get. Am I reading this wrong?

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Re: Really,Artificial Liver?

Percy, this is unbelievable! One day people may be able to walk in to a Body Parts Store that is not for Cars!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Re: Really,Artificial Liver?

You can read more about the technology on the company web site:

http://www.vitaltherapies.com/technology.html

Note how they call them "immortal" cells rather than cancerous cells.

The key to the ELAD system is the proprietary C3A human hepatocyte cell line, licensed from the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia and further developed by Baylor College of Medicine. This is an immortal cell line that is grown in ELAD cartridges, then stored and shipped worldwide from VTI’s San Diego production facility. The cartridges are then incorporated into an extracorporeal blood pumping system at the patient’s bedside. The cells have been shown to perform most of the metabolic functions of normal liver cells in laboratory experiments.

Re: Really,Artificial Liver?

Thanks for this Percy. Very exciting if it can be done!

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Re: Really,Artificial Liver?

And thanks to you, dear Eli, for helping us sort through all of this.
Hugs,
Marion

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Re: Really,Artificial Liver?

I agree, Marion. Thank you, Eli.

My beautiful daughter, Lauren Patrice, will live on in my heart forever.

My comments, suggestions, and opinions are based on my experience as a caretaker for my daughter, Lauren and from reading anything I can get my hands on about Cholangiocarcinoma. Please consult a physician for professional guidance.