Cross-species transplants require us to examine the relationships between humans and animals.
The heart used in the first pig-human transplant was infected with a pig virus. This reveals that using other species as organ donors may not provide a solution for organ shortages.
Xenotransplantation has made significant strides over the past few decades.
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Recent successes putting genetically modified pig organs into people have brought xenotransplantation back into the spotlight.
Xenotransplantation is the transplanting of cells, tissues or organs from animals to humans. Pre-clinical trials of organ transplant from pigs have addressed some of the technical barriers.
New developments in organ transplants from animals show promise. However, there has been no public engagement about a potential risk. It may streamline a pathway to humans for new zoonotic diseases.
Surgeons at University of Maryland School of medicine showing the modified pig’s heart that would be transplanted into David Bennett.
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Heart-recipient David Bennett had done jail time for stabbing a man.
Human heart transplantation is 50 years old.
Growing human organs in pigs mean they’re doing our dirty work for us.
We’re living longer and more ill lives – could we use animals to grow human organs for transplants?
A ready source of hearts…one day.
A baboon survived nearly three years with a pigs heart, so does that mean cross-species transplantation is imminent?
The cultivation of pig organs for human transplantation carries great risk and promise.
Public attention is focused on whether we should use gene editing technology on embryos, but it could potentially have a bigger and more immediate impact on human health via animal organ donation.
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Transplantation is the best available treatment for many serious health problems including diabetes, kidney failure and heart disease. These conditions affect millions of people worldwide and the cost…