Transplant News stories from July, 2016

Governor Cuomo signed A.8594/S.6228 which has extended Lauren’s law through year 2020

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Published on July 26, 2016

Thanks to all LI TRIO volunteers, especially Margaret O’ and Barbara G. who are incredibly patient and effective legislative volunteers! And, great work on the part of all of our colleagues at NYAD and LONY. We did not accomplish the goal of a permanent extension of the law. We did in fact have it extended for four years as Governor Cuomo signed A.8594/S.6228 which has extended Lauren’s law through year 2020.

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Ultrashort cell-free DNA-a transplant recipient could get an idea of how the new organ is responding via a simple blood test

By Tom Fleischmann, Iwijn De Vlaminck and students Sarah Nickerson/Biomedical Engineering

Identifying the source of the cfDNA – some of it from the mitochondria, the energy producer in cells – can help determine whether the transplanted organ is injured or being rejected.

“The mitochondrial sequences of the donor are different from that of the recipient, so by doing this sequence analysis, you can tell them apart,” De Vlaminck said. “When cells are injured, they release mitochondrial DNA, and given that you can discriminate the donor’s DNA from the patient’s, you can actually quantify injury by doing those measurements.”

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