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D8639098

  8 months ago

US surgeons successfully test pig kidney transplant in human patient
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For the first time, a pig kidney has been transplanted into a human without triggering immediate rejection by the recipient's immune system, a potentially major advance that could eventually help alleviate a dire shortage of human organs for transplant.

The procedure done at NYU Langone Health in New York City involved use of a pig whose genes had been altered so that its tissues no longer contained a molecule known to trigger almost immediate rejection.

The recipient was a brain-dead patient with signs of kidney dysfunction whose family consented to the experiment before she was due to be taken off of life support, researcher.

For three days, the new kidney was attached to her blood vessels and maintained outside her body, giving researchers access to it.

Test results of the transplanted kidney's function "looked pretty normal," said transplant surgeon Dr. Robert Montgomery, who led the study.

The kidney made "the amount of urine that you would expect" from a transplanted human kidney, he said, and there was no evidence of the vigorous, early rejection seen when unmodified pig kidneys are transplanted into non-human primates.

Source: BBC News
(https://www.bbc.com/news/health-58993696.amp)

This will be a big breakthrough in medicine. There are thousands of people in desperate need of organs. Do you think in 10 years that this will be a standard medical procedure?
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tshiyaz

  8 months ago
Yes I think it will help others
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M2227388d22

  8 months ago
yes
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LWillers1977

  8 months ago
It will be awesome if it can safe lives.
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f8078508u

  8 months ago
Just another way to cruelly harvest an animal for the sake of humans:(
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S1596541

  8 months ago
I only hope they are kind to the pigs, but it is great news.
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