Human gut grown inside a MOUSE: Scientists transplant cells to grow fully-functional small intestine tissue

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Scientists have grown ‘fully-functioning’ human gut tissue inside a mouse – a breakthrough that could one day help many thousands suffering with intestinal disorders.

By transplanting cells from a human into a mouse, paediatric surgeons successfully grew small intestine tissue that worked just like the ‘real’ thing.

Doctors hope their findings will eventually help treat a range of digestive conditions as well as boost survival rates in sufferers of diseases such as short bowel syndrome (SBS) – a condition that kills nearly a third of young patients within five years.

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