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Category Archives: Porcine Organs

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Swine Brain Development as a Research Model for Human Neurology

Humans and swine are known to have great similarities when it comes to anatomy and physiology, making swine an excellent model for research. This article is very interesting because it shows that early swine brain development is very similar to that of humans. It is intriguing to see how these animals compare to children (both at early ages and weights) in their MRI imaging. It is always great to be able to have the research be directly applicable to humans, because the diagnostic tool is one that is being used with people currently. Humans have MRIs done easily and it is something that can easily be instituted to help diagnose children with neurologic disorders. This study focused on body weight rather than age when it came to matching the children to the pigs, and it was found that this method of matching between animal and human worked out very well. There was a little bit of variation in certain chemical levels (CBF) that were being measured but that may also be linked to the anesthesia drugs that were used to anesthetize the animals. This research is very promising and will certainly help future children.

At Animal Biotech, we take great pride in the part that we’ve played in this sort of research. We not only provide live research swine and porcine tissue: we’re also here to offer our expertise on the proper care and housing of live animals.

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Live Animal Model: Pigs in Virus Research

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Research swine are playing an important role in the global fight against COVID-19, with live animal models helping to both create a vaccine and address the worldwide ventilator shortage.

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How Pig Models Help Us Understand the Human Brain

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Medical researchers have long recognized the efficacy of using live pig models to understand illnesses in humans better.

But a new study out of the University of Georgia suggests that pig brains are even more effective for neurological research than once thought.

Using an imaging method typically reserved for humans, the research team at the university’s Regenerative Bioscience Center found that pig brains can offer new insights into neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

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Pig Organs Offer New Hopes for Heart Transplants

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For people with end-stage heart failure, getting a heart transplant can be the difference between life and death when all other treatments have failed.

Yet finding a suitable donor can often be difficult, which is why the medical community has turned to xenotransplantation – organ transplants from one species to another – for a solution.

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Scientists Regenerate Leg Muscles Using Pig Bladder Tissue

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They were men who had suffered unimaginable injuries.

Two of them were ex-soldiers, wounded by explosives. They had lost anywhere from 60 to 90 percent of the muscles in their legs.

Things seemed hopeless even after surgery and physical therapy. Then came an experimental study, involving pig bladders from research swine.

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How Pig Cells Could be Used to Slow Parkinson’s Disease

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Can pig islet cells offer a way to combat Parkinson’s disease?

That’s what researchers at Living Cell Technologies in New Zealand hope to learn with the help of research swine.

Over the past few years, this firm has been implanting cells from the choroid plexus of a pig into the brains of Parkinson’s patients to attempt to stop the illness’ progression.

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How Porcine Cells Contribute to Restorative Therapies

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Research swine are contributing to research studies that focus on restorative therapies to replace lost or diseased human tissues.

While the amount of suitable human cells for transplantation is lacking, porcine cells offer researchers a suitable, and much more available, alternative.

In 2014, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh found that cells derived from porcine organs – in this case, bladders – could work with human stem cells help build muscles in the legs of five men who had suffered severe injuries, including two soldiers injured by IEDs.

All five had suffered from nearly 60 percent to 90 percent of leg muscle loss, and had undergone surgery and physical therapy, with no success.

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