Xenotransplantation

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Pyrrho
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Xenotransplantation

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Someday you too can have animal parts.

In a major scientific advance, a pig kidney is successfully transplanted into a human
Pigs have been the most recent research focus to address the organ shortage, but among the hurdles: A sugar in pig cells, foreign to the human body, causes immediate organ rejection. The kidney for this experiment came from a gene-edited animal, engineered to eliminate that sugar and avoid an immune system attack.

Surgeons attached the pig kidney to a pair of large blood vessels outside the body of a deceased recipient so they could observe it for two days. The kidney did what it was supposed to do — filter waste and produce urine — and didn't trigger rejection.

"It had absolutely normal function," said Dr. Robert Montgomery, who led the surgical team last month at NYU Langone Health. "It didn't have this immediate rejection that we have worried about."
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Re: Xenotransplantation

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I can remember when Chimpanzees were used to transplant kidneys.

No rejection issues, and it worked. It was a miracle, and kidneys were transplanted, other organs were being studied, because it meant an unlimited amount of kidneys!

Sadly, for some unknown reason. All the patients died from some issue unrelated to the kidney issue. It was as if their immune system stopped working, and a respiratory infection did them in.

Same thing happened with people who got blood from chimps.
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Re: Xenotransplantation

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But the dream lives on ….
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