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 Doctors test latest attempt at artificial liver

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Date posted: 06/02/2009

ELAD, or extracorporeal liver assist device, powered by human liver cells, is a promising entry in the decades old quest to rebuild a human liver, artificially.

It "comes closer to replacing the amount of liver" people need, says Dr. Robert Brown of New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University, who has helped test most of the devices to date.

Proving whether the machine makes a difference is tough: Doctors have to choose patients sick enough to benefit but not so sick "that a little bit of liver won't do the trick," Brown says.

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