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New Hope for Transplanting Pig Organs to People

porcine cadaverThere are more than 123,000 Americans waiting for the organ transplants that can save their lives.

And while pigs’ organs are close to humans’ in terms of anatomy and physiology, medicine hasn’t yet reached the point where pig-to-human organ transplants are a viable option.

But new gene-editing research shows we may be closer to using animals as human organ donors. The study – published late last year in Science – focused on a new gene editing technique that removed some of the roadblocks to pig-to-human organ transplants.

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