Monthly Archives: September 2015

New Pig Model Will Provide Cancer Treatment and Detection Insights

pig modelIt is important to identify cancer as early as possible in order to effectively combat its effects on the host.

The University of Illinois has been working for many years on early detection screening methods for cancer in order to help treat cancer patients with very aggressive types of cancer.  It is critical to catch and treat all cancers in the earliest stage possible but this is especially critical concerning cancers such as pancreatic, hepatic and lung.  The University found that the pig was the better model to help develop these screening tests because they are so anatomically similar to humans.

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Porcine Tissue Can Help Study Marfan Syndrome

porcine tissuePorcine post mortem tissues could be used to augment ATAA (ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm) studies in human normal and Marfan syndrome patients, according to research at the University of Western Ontario’s Department of Medical Biophysics.

In this study the human tissues had to be retrieved from human patients undergoing invasive bypass surgeries as well as from human cadavers. Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue, and can cause issues with a person’s heart, blood vessels, bones, joints, and eyes.

Because of the anatomical and physiological similarities of porcine to human aortic arteries, post mortem porcine tissue could be substituted experimentally for human tissue thus greatly reducing the time and expense of the research studies.

In the past, porcine tissue has also been used to repair rotator cuffs in human patients, and to regrow muscle tissue.

For over 25 years, Animal Biotech has helped the biomedical community with this sort of research by supplying it with live high quality research porcine models along with high quality post mortem tissues, organs, and glands. We also provide information, consultation and training on most aspects of husbandry, testing, housing and uses of live animals. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you in your work.