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Update: First Human Recipient of Pig Heart Transplant Dies

The University of Maryland Medical Center announced yesterday that David Bennett, the first successful recipient of a transplanted porcine heart, died at the age of 57.  An exact cause of death was not provided, though the physicians noted that his condition had been deteriorating over the previous several days.

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Surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center perform a pig-to-human transplant of a genetically modified porcine heart.

Milestone: Human Patient Receives Pig Heart Transplant

In a breakthrough years in the making, 57-year-old Dave Bennett has become the first human recipient of an organ from a genetically edited porcine donor.  The nine-hour procedure took place at the University of Maryland Medical Center under the leadership of surgeon Bartley Griffith.  Bennett, who began experiencing severe chest pain in October, was not eligible to receive an artificial heart pump or human heart transplant.  Knowing it was his best chance at survival, he agreed to the experimental surgery, and in the process has made history.

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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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Pig Organs Offer New Hopes for Heart Transplants

patient and medical professional making heart shape with hands (heart transplants)

For people with end-stage heart failure, getting heart transplants 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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Xenotransplantation: How Pig Organs Could Be Transplanted into Humans

surgeons exploring xenotransplantation

The concept of xenotransplantation between humans and pigs is not new, but it’s one that’s faced some hurdles on the road to becoming a viable organ transplant method.

The key concern was that the human recipient could contract serious – if not fatal – zoonotic diseases from pig organs via porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERVS).

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