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Porcine Models and Pancreatic Cancer Research

Pig curiosityPancreatic research is – quite literally – a matter of life and death.

Problems with the pancreas can lead to diabetes, and people with diabetes have a higher risk for pancreatic cancer.

And pancreatic cancer is among the deadliest forms of the disease. It develops quickly, is difficult to detect early and hard to treat, and has a five-year survival rate of just six percent.

Porcine models lend themselves quite well to pancreatic research. A recent study using porcine models found that ethanol injections may prove useful in combating diseases of the pancreas.

The study, conducted at the Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmaceutical Science in Japan, was published in August by the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine.

As we have noted before, porcine models are particularly useful for this type of research because of pigs’ biological similarities to humans. We’ve reported in the past on how porcine models have helped researchers understand spinal cord injuries and organ transplants.

Animal Biotech is proud to have played a part in this type of work over the past two decades. Contact us today to learn more about how our porcine cadavers and live pig models can help you make your next biomedical breakthrough.

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