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NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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 genetically altered pig, dubbed GalSafe, was developed by United Therapeutics Corp's Revivicor unit. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December 2020, for use as food for people with a meat allergy and as a potential source of human therapeutics.
involved use of a pig whose genes had been altered
The recipient was a brain-dead patient with signs of kidney dysfunction
Maybe that’s why certain religions banned pork
originally posted by: JAGStorm
Is this a miracle or an abomination?
Nearly 100,000 Americans are on the waiting list for a kidney transplant, and about 12 people die each day waiting for a kidney transplant. Meanwhile, about 10 kidneys are discarded daily, according to the National Kidney Foundation based in New York City.
I wonder how many times (& for how many years) they have tried this and it failed.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - For the first time, a pig kidney has been transplanted into a human without triggering immediate rejection by the recipient's immune system
originally posted by: Mantiss2021
a reply to: JAGStorm
Pigs are omnivores, like humans.
In arid lands, such as those which gave rise to religions traditionally prohibiting the consumption of pork, pigs would compete for the scarce food resources available to humans.
originally posted by: tamusan
a reply to: JAGStorm
I remember reading awhile ago that they were on this path. Decades ago, my uncle had pig heart valves used to replaced the valves in his heart. That was about 3 decades ago and he is still doing great.
I also remember reading (on ATS??) a theory that Homo sapiens came from a pig/ape hybrid. I'm sketchy on the details.
Edit: Found a decent link.
A pig-chimp hybrid for human origins from phys.org