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Synthetic blood vessel breakthrough could transform childrens' heart surgery

Children born with serious heart defects could be treated in a single operation as researchers create artificial blood vessels that grow normally with age A breakthrough in the manufacture of synthetic blood vessels has raised hopes that children born with serious heart defects could be treated in a single operation instead of multiple rounds of open heart surgery. The landmark work comes from researchers in the US who made synthetic arteries that grow when they are implanted in the body, unlike the standard tissue grafts which are now used to correct faulty blood vessels.
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