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Texas researchers successfully grow ‘pretty-looking’ human lungs in a lab

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Researchers at the University of Texas have successfully managed to grow a set of human lungs inside their lab, which they hope will eventually lead to a breakthrough for organ transplant recipients, CNN reported on Friday.

The procedure, developed by a team at the university’s medical branch in Galveston, involved using a pair of damaged lungs already unsuitable for transplant. The first lung was stripped of its cells and served as what they called a “scaffold.”

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“That’s why it’s so white and pretty and there’s no blood in it, it’s very pretty looking,” lead researcher Joan Nichols told KTRK-TV. “And then we added back cells from another lung that couldn’t be used for transplant but still had some viable cells in it.”

Though the team actually grew a pair of lungs during an experiment last year, Nichols told KTRK her group wanted to “prove itself” in its latest effort. One colleague, Michael Riddle, was able to accelerate the process through some ingenuity of his own.

“He’s the one who went home and actually built using — I’m not kidding — a fish tank that he went and bought from a pet store, is what he built the first piece of equipment,” Nichols explained. “Took us about four months to take the cells from the lung to where all you have is a bio-scaffold, and we took that process down to about three days.”

However, Nichols and her team believe it will take between 5 and 10 years to produce lungs suitable for human use. They hope to begin experimenting on transplanting their lab-grown lungs into animals in 2014.

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Watch CNN’s report, aired on Friday, below.

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Giuliani henchmen caught on tape doing statewide tour for Indiana Republicans during 2018 election

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New images of Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman with prominent Republicans emerged on Wednesday.

"Two associates of Rudy Giuliani who are accused of illegally funneling foreign money into U.S. campaigns attended an Indiana Republican event promoting U.S. Sen. Mike Braun and others just days before the 2018 election," the Indy Star reports.

"The reason remains a mystery," the newspaper noted.

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‘Be very scared’: GOP lawmaker warns Americans that they could be impeached too

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Rep. Earl Leroy "Buddy" Carter (R-GA) fearmongered against the impeachment inquiry during remarks to reporters on Wednesday.

"Ladies and gentlemen, if a government can do this to the President of the United States, they can do this to you as well," he argued.

Under the United States Constitution, only people who work for the federal government can be impeached, with the penalty being the loss of their job.

Still, Carter argued that Americans should be terrified of being impeached themselves.

"You need to be scared," Carter warned. "You need to be very scared."

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Bill Barr is ‘obligated to recuse’ himself from Ukraine investigation — or resign: NYC Bar Association

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The attorney general of the United States has an obligation to recuse himself from any Department of Justice matters stemming from the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine, the New York City Bar Association said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has a unique role in safeguarding the rule of law under the Constitution. By failing to recuse himself from DOJ’s review of the Ukraine Matter, Attorney General William P. Barr has undermined that role," the statement read.

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