Nobel winner, organ transplant pioneer Joseph Murray dies

By REUTERS
November 27, 2012 06:08

 
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Dr. Joseph Murray, the surgeon who carried out the first successful kidney transplant and later won a Nobel Prize for his work in medicine and physiology, died on Monday in Boston at the age of 93.

Murray and his team completed the first human organ transplant in 1954, taking a kidney from one identical twin and giving it to his twin brother, opening a new field in medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital spokesman Tom Langford said.

Later in his career, Murray continued to search for ways of suppressing a patient's immune response to prevent it from rejecting foreign tissue, eventually becoming a co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1990.

More than 600,000 people worldwide have received transplants since Murray's innovation, the hospital said.

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