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Landmark papers on synthetic organ transplants retracted

The Lancet has retracted two papers on the first tissue-engineered trachea transplants by disgraced former Karolinska Institute surgeon Paolo Macchiarini.

Macchiarini rose to fame after performing the world’s first synthetic organ transplant.

The Italian transplant surgeon was sentenced to 30 months in prison earlier this year after he was found guilty of gross assault against three patients on whom he tested synthetic tracheae.

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