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U.S. Doctors Develop First Artificial Ovary

Fox News,  Sept 16, 2010
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Researchers at Brown University in Rhode Island have created the world’s first artificial ovary, that could prove to be a powerful tool for cancer patients as well as women who suffer from infertility.

The team at Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital has already used the lab-grown organ to mature human eggs, according to a news release
from the school.

“An ovary is composed of three main cell types, and this is the first time that anyone has created a 3-D tissue structure with triple cell line,” Sandra Carson, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Women & Infants Hospital, said in a news release.

Researchers say the artificial ovary will not only help answer questions about how healthy ovaries work, but the organ could also play a key role in preserving the fertility of women facing cancer treatments.

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