"On June 5, Lawrence Breakley became the first patient in the U.S. to receive a new kind of artificial vein made from human cells.

A new type of blood vessel made in a laboratory may soon improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans. 

While man-made veins are nothing new, a Virginia man has become the first in the U.S. to receive an implant that becomes functionally alive in animals. Dr. Jeffrey Lawson of Duke University Hospital performed the surgery June 5 on 62-year-old Lawrence Breakley. "


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