Which body organ can regenerate?

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The liver is the only organ in the body that can grow cells and regenerate itself. It can actually be split in half and transplanted into two different recipients. A living personal also can have a portion of his or her liver removed, and the portion that remains will regenerate itself to nearly its original size.

Livers can be transplanted into a recipient, without removing the recipient's own liver.

Since an adult liver can be split, it can be split in such a way that the portion will not be too large for a child to receive it, and that portion will grow to accommodate the child as he or she becomes an adult.

Here's a closer look at statistics involving liver transplants:

  • The number of people who were added to list from July 2006 to June 2007: 10,887
  • The total number of people who were on kidney waiting list as of June 2007: 17,142
  • The total number of transplants from deceased donors from July 2006 to June 2007: 6,274
  • The total number of transplants from living donors from July 2006 to June 2007: 258
  • The mortality rate while awaiting a liver: 13 percent

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