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Friday, October 24, 2008

World's Oldest Organ

Imagine being able to look your long-dead great-great-grandfather in the eye. Bernt Aune's second-hand cornea is 123 years old.

He had a cornea transplanted into his right eye in 1958 from the body of an elderly man who was born in June 1885. The operation was carried out at Namsos Hospital, mid-Norway.

"I wouldn't be surprised if this is the oldest living organ in the world," eye doctor Hasan Hasanain at Namsos hospital told the Norwegian daily Verdens Gang. [Link]

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