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WASHINGTON — The White House announced an effort Monday to improve organ transplants in the United States, including a $160 million investment spearheaded by the Defense Department that could lead to an innovative new way to replace organs.

The Pentagon, in partnership with the private sector, will create a new institute that will research and develop next-generation technology that can be used to repair and replace human cells and tissues.


The technology to be developed through the new Advanced Tissue Biofabrication Manufacturing Innovation Institute could eventually lead to full-fledged organ replacements, the administration said. The institute will help coordinate industry, academia, and nonprofit groups in pursuit of that goal.

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