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Human genes have been added to pigs to create skin for transplants


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Human genes have been added to pigs to create skin for transplants

Health 29 January 2020 By Michael Le Page Pigs could be an alternative supply of suitable organs for transplantWorawut Saewong/EyeEm/GettyThe race to create pigs with organs that are suitable for transplanting into people is hotting up. At least three teams have added human genes to pigs to try to prevent donor organs from being rejected…

Human genes have been added to pigs to create skin for transplants


Health



29 January 2020

By Michael Le Page

Pigs

Pigs could be an alternative supply of suitable organs for transplant

Worawut Saewong/EyeEm/Getty

The race to create pigs with organs that are suitable for transplanting into people is hotting up. At least three teams have added human genes to pigs to try to prevent donor organs from being rejected by a recipient’s immune system.

The research could solve two problems. The first is a shortage of human donor organs. The second is that people who get transplants need to take medicines for the rest of their lives to suppress their immune system and avoid the new organ being rejected. …

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