Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Colorado Matters/Beta Test Series: 'Colorado company [AlloSource] recycles bones and skin for transplants'

Quoting from the posting by CPR's Andrea Dukakis, part of their 'Beta Test' series about scientific advancements in the state:

"When you think of organ transplants, hearts, livers and kidneys may come to mind. But bones, tendons, cartilage and skin can also be transplanted from human cadavers. The Colorado nonprofit AlloSource -- one of the only companies of its kind in the country -- gets those body parts, sterilizes them and shapes them to fit individual patients. Once they’re ready, they get sent to hospitals around the nation.

'This is really a gift,' AlloSource CEO Tom Cycyota says. 'The tissue that we’re processing today -- that person was alive yesterday. While we’re gifted with their tissue and trying to do some really cool stuff with it, that family is dealing with the grief of losing a loved one and we never forget about that.'"

Link to read the full posting at CPR.org and listen to a rebroadcast of Ryan Warner's June 23 report of his tour of AlloSource

Link to the AlloSource website

Link to the slideshow (includeing the photo above), provided to CPR by AlloSource: http://www.cpr.org/news/gallery/slideshow-transplanting-bones-and-skin

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