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Doctors test latest attempt at artificial liver

WASHINGTON – There\’s help for failing kidneys and failing hearts. But there\’s no fix for a dying liver. Doctors are trying to change that at a few hospitals around the country, testing a machine packed with human liver cells as a last-ditch chance to survive sudden liver failure.

The experiment is the latest in a decades-long quest for an artificial liver, a device that could temporarily take over some of the liver\’s jobs much like dialysis helps kidneys work and cardiac pumps squeeze a flabby heart.

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