With wait times for human organs as long as several years (at which point it may be too late for the designated recipient), the medical community has turned to animal organs as potentially life-saving alternatives. Recent developments in gene editing such as CRISPR may someday lead to porcine hearts being a viable option for cardiac patients.Continue Reading Baboons Live Six Months Following Porcine Heart Transplant
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.Continue Reading Update: First Human Recipient of Pig Heart Transplant Dies
Xenotransplantation, transplanting animal’s organs into humans, has been studied in research for a long time and is the wave of the future. Human-to-human organ donation is always in high demand and is very often difficult to procure in a timely fashion to save lives. Being able to implement animal-to-human transplantation on a routine basis would make saving human lives much easier. This article speaks of research in porcine skin transplants. Skin is the largest organ of the body and is critical in the immune system. Currently skin grafts come from human cadavers and patients that elect to have excess skin removed. Patients that have been badly burned are always in need of skin grafts. Porcine skin is incredibly similar to human skin with the exception of the fact that porcine skin produces a sugar that humans do not. Through genetic modification, this sugar production in the porcine skin has been deleted so it is more conducive to human transplantation.
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In 2017, scientists at the Salk Institute made an announcement that almost sounded like science fiction: they had created the first successful animal-human hybrids.