Could organ transplants use a dose of teen hormones?
By Andy Coghlan USING hormones to turn adults into pre-pubescent children may sound like a bad idea. But it could provide a way to improve the safety of organ transplants. At the moment, transplant patients must be placed on powerful immunosuppressive drugs for the rest of their lives. The drugs prevent organ rejection, but raise the risk of infections and cancers. Now David Sachs and his colleagues at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston are experimenting on pigs in an attempt to trick the immune system into tolerating transplanted organs,