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Anterior Cruciate Ligament in x-ray view

Comparison of Domestic Pig and Human Cruciate Ligaments

This research published in the Journal of Anatomy was done to compare human and porcine cruciate ligaments (namely the ACL and PCL) in their form and function.  The similarity of these two ligaments between people and swine are amazing.  It was noted, however, that the pig and the person differ in their gaits and it is difficult to fully match their movements and tensions on the ligaments.  Still, researchers are finding that people and swine are similar enough to be able to compare them on many other levels and their findings will benefit people with ligament injuries with further research.

Animal Biotech is pleased to play a role in this sort of research, offering live research swine and porcine tissue – along with expertise on proper animal care – to the biomedical world. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you with your next project.