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July 8th, 2011
09:49 AM ET

Cancer patient recieves first fully synthetic organ transplant

Researchers announced yesterday that for the first time, a patient has received a synthetic windpipe that was created in a lab with the patient's own stem cells and without using human donor tissue.

On June 9, doctors implanted the synthetic trachea into a 36-year-old man with late-stage tracheal cancer at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm.

The patient, who had exhausted every other treatment available, is doing well and expected to be released from the hospital today.

Elizabeth Cohen, senior medical correspondent, discusses the procedure this morning with Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans, explaining if the treatment will now be available for other cancer patients.

Filed under: Health
July 8th, 2011
09:40 AM ET

Is the shuttle program ending too soon? NASA deputy administrator responds

In less than two weeks, NASA's space shuttle program will be nothing more than a footnote in history. And many critics, including former astronauts, are blasting the space agency for not having a new program ready to replace it.

CNN's Ali Velshi spoke with NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver about the criticism and the future of space exploration.

Filed under: NASA • Shuttle
July 8th, 2011
09:37 AM ET

Casey Anthony release now July 17th, and another juror speaks out

Casey Anthony will have to spend nine more days in jail before she get her first taste of freedom.

Anthony was sentenced yesterday to four consecutive years behind bars for lying to police, but with time served her release date was set for July 13th.

That's now been pushed back to July 17th.

The Orange County Corrections Department did some re-calculating last night and determined, without explanation, that Casey needed to remain in jail four days longer than first reported.

Also this morning, we're hearing from another juror about why they chose the not guilty verdict that will set Anthony free. Juror #2, who has chosen to remain anonymous, told the St. Petersburg Times that "Everybody agreed if we were going fully on feelings and emotions, she was done...I wish we had more evidence to put her away. I truly do."

In Session's Sunny Hostin explains the latest developments on American Morning this morning.

Filed under: Casey Anthony • Casey Anthony trial
July 8th, 2011
09:29 AM ET

NASA "tweetup" winners to witness shuttle history

When the shuttle Atlantis takes flight later this morning, two self-proclaimed "space geeks" will have a front-row seat to history.

Sara Blask and Todd Seip are two of the winners of NASA's "Tweet-up" contest and they're getting a chance to watch the final shuttle launch at the Kennedy Space Center.

They spoke with CNN's Ali Velshi about what it's like to win the chance to see the last shuttle launch.

Filed under: NASA • Shuttle • Twitter
July 8th, 2011
09:18 AM ET

On last day of shuttle launch, astronaut Leroy Chiao reflects on his time in space

As the shuttle Atlantis takes off for the very last time, we're looking back at the legacy of the space shuttle program and the importance of the shuttle program in U.S. history.

Especially for astronauts who have flown in the shuttle, today is a bittersweet day when NASA closes the first chapter in human spaceflight and prepares to start a new one.

Live from Kennedy Space Center this morning, CNN's Ali Velshi talks with Leroy Chiao, an astronaut who flew on three shuttle missions and spent more than six months on the International Space Station. Chiao explains what it feels like to see the last shuttle take off.

Filed under: NASA • Shuttle
July 8th, 2011
05:06 AM ET

Question of the day: What is your favorite space movie and why?

Atlantis is scheduled to blast off into space today for the 135th and final mission of NASA's 30-year shuttle program.

More than one million spectators are expected to converge on Cape Canaveral, FL to witness the launch.

Space travel continues to fascinate people around the world and has inspired countless films and television shows.

American Morning wants to know: What is your favorite space movie and why?

Post your response here. Your answer could be included in this morning's broadcast.

Filed under: AM Asks
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