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Pig Kidney Transplanted into Human in Medical First

Pig Kidney Transplanted into Human in Medical First   Surgical team at Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • 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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Published date : 26 Mar 2024 12:55PM

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