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Lacrimal and salivary glands have been produced artificially

Last October, Nature Communications (DOI: 10.1038/ncomms.3497) published two studies describing the bioartificial production of lacrimal and salivary glands. After their production, they were able to be transplanted in mice. Once transplanted, the organs created connected to the animals’ nervous system and began to function. This is undoubtedly a new possibility for the treatment of various diseases, especially xerostomy, which is characterised by dry mouth.

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