Porcine Kidney

Porcine kidneys have been invaluable to researchers investigating renal issues in human patients.

For example, porcine renal tissue has been useful in ultrasound elastography, a way of determining the graft health of a transplanted kidney.

A study published in 2016 at the IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium found that blood pressure is a confounding factor in measuring renal tissue elasticity. The use of porcine renal tissue was crucial in calculating the flow from a peristaltic pump. The more input pressure from the pump, the more elasticity in the tissue.

And in 2015, researchers announced they had eliminated PERVs – porcine endogenous retroviruses – in some pig kidney cell DNA.

Why was this important? Because although pig tissue and valves have been transplanted into human hosts, transplanting an entire porcine kidney or another organ could be dangerous due to those viruses.

Animal Biotech has spent nearly 30 years helping biomedical researchers make these kinds of discoveries with the help of our porcine tissues and live porcine models. Contact us today to learn more about the porcine kidneys we supply.


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