A microscope image of the thymus

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Infants who would normally have died because they lack a key immune organ can now survive to adulthood thanks to a thigh implant that produces immune cells for fighting infections.

About five out of every million children born in the US are missing a thymus – an organ above the heart where important immune cells called T-cells mature. Without this organ, children have no way of fighting infections and usually die before the age of 3.

Mary Louise Markert at Duke University in North Carolina …

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