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Surgeons successfully test pig kidney transplant in human patient


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Surgeons have attached a pig’s kidney to a human and watched it begin to work, a small step in the decades-long quest to one day use animal organs for life-saving transplants.

Pigs have been the most recent research focus to address the organ shortage, but a sugar in their cells, which is foreign to the human body, causes immediate organ rejection. The kidney for this experiment came from a gene-edited animal, engineered to eliminate that sugar and avoid an immune system attack.

Surgeons attached the pig kidney to a pair of large blood vessels outside the body of a deceased recipient and observed it for two days. The kidney did what it was supposed to do – filter waste and produce urine – and did not trigger rejection.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/oct/20/pig-kidney-animal-human-transplant-us-trial

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