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25th March, 2024 Current Affairs

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Pig Kidney Transplanted into Human in Medical First

  • A team of surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston has achieved a historic feat – the world's first successful pig-to-human kidney transplant. This groundbreaking procedure offers a glimmer of hope for patients suffering from end-stage renal disease, who desperately need functioning kidneys.
  • Recipient: A 62-year-old man with end-stage renal disease received the genetically modified pig kidney.
  • Prior Transplant: The recipient had received a human kidney transplant previously but needed another due to organ failure.
  • Genetically Modified Pig: The kidney came from a pig bred by eGenesis, a biotechnology company, and underwent genetic modification to reduce rejection risk in humans.
  • Long-Term Outcome: The medical community awaits long-term data to assess the success of this pioneering transplant.
  • This human transplant follows successful trials in monkeys using similar genetically modified pig kidneys. Research published in Nature last year reported that these monkeys lived for an average of 176 days, with one surviving for over two years.

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Agarwal & Boyce Win Inaugural Global Award

  • Bina Agarwal and James Boyce have been recognized for their groundbreaking work on global inequalities, receiving the prestigious – and inaugural – Global Inequality Research Award (GiRA).
  • Both scholars will be invited to Paris for conferences in fall and spring 2024. During these events, Agarwal and Boyce will present their research and insights on social and environmental disparities. The conferences are co-hosted by Sciences Po's Social-Ecological Transitions (SET) initiative.

CBI and Europol Join Forces: A Major Step Up in Fighting Global Crime

  • The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of India and the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) have signed a landmark agreement – a Working Arrangement – to strengthen cooperation in combating transnational crime. This collaboration signifies the growing importance of international partnerships in tackling the complex challenges posed by today's sophisticated criminal networks.
Published date : 26 Mar 2024 12:50PM

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