Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Pig’s Kidney Successfully Transplanted in Human Patient⁠ by NYU Surgeons

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*Doctors at #NewYorkUniversity Hospital successfully transplanted a #pig’s #kidney to a person whose immune system didn’t immediately reject the organ.⁠

This surgery is ground-breaking, and the procedure could lead to the use of animals organs in life-saving transplants.⁠

The surgery was performed on a brain-dead patient with the kidney of a pig whose genes had explicitly been altered so that its tissues no longer contained a molecule known to trigger near-immediate rejection in the recipient.⁠

The patient’s family consented to the experimental surgery before doctors removed the woman from life support.⁠

Researchers monitored the kidney for three days as the organ was maintained outside the patient’s body while still attached to her blood vessels.

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