After being delayed by snow days, this morning, Enkhee Dendev ’17 finally presented her speech entitled: Regenerative Medicine: Bioartificial Organs to the Upper School assembly. She briefly chronicled the history of organ transplantation and then detailed the burgeoning field of regenerative medicine where whole organs are produced using a person's own cells to replace traumatized or disease-damaged organs such as the ear, trachea or bladder. Scientists are moving closer to human trials for more vascularized artificial organs (those which need a high amount of blood supply) such as the heart or kidney. Enkhee's 7-year-old young sister, Marla, introduced the topic and was a very patient observer for the talk. Enkhee hopes to study this topic further in college, but as far as we can tell, she's definitely off to a good start in understanding its complexities. You can hear the speech in its entirety in the Featured Content section of onCampus.
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