Transplant breakthrough: Pig-to-human heart transplants possible ‘within three years’

SCIENTISTS could be just three years away from a major medical breakthrough which would see them transfer pig hearts into humans in a bid to beat the global organ donation shortage.

The man behind the first heart transplant 40 years ago, Sir Terence English, says his protégé Prof Christopher McGregor, from the University of Alabama, has developed two “knock-out” genes which will allow pig organs to be safely transferred to humans. Prof McGregor and his team hope to carry out an pig-human kidney transplant this year. If all goes to plan, it would lead to a pig-heart transplant within three years.

A kidney transplant is considered a good...
source: Express

2019-08-23 15:35
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