Pig kidneys transplanted into brain-dead human donor in new study

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For the first time, scientists have successfully transplanted genetically modified pig kidneys into the body of a brain-dead human, an important step toward animal organs potentially becoming viable for transplants to save human lives in the future, something that could help address organ shortages worldwide.

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On Thursday, researchers with the University of Alabama (UAB) published the first peer-reviewed study to document this process in depth.

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The pig kidneys were taken from pigs that had been genetically modified with 10 key gene edits in order to make the kidneys capable of being transplanted into a human body.



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