People die waiting for replacement hearts, lungs and kidneys.
Could genetically modified pigs be the solution to a worldwide shortage of organ donors?
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We meet the teams that have had impressive recent successes transplanting pig organs into people. We’ll explore the huge leaps of genetic engineering that are making ‘xenotransplantation’ possible and ask if it’s even ethical to try.
In the studio with Marnie Chesterton, Dr Graham Easton guides us through the science of getting pig organs to work in human bodies.
We also hear from transplant surgeon Dr Devagourou Velayoudam and Professor Nadey Hakim, on how these breakthroughs might benefit India and Nigeria, and other countries which don’t have the same medical and research resources as the US.
Presenter: Marnie Chesterton Producer: Ilan Goodman
(Picture: Two pigs on a farm. Photo credit: Charity Burggraaf/Getty Images.)
Can humans get organs from pigs?
Unusual opportunity. Last week’s procedure marks the first time that a pig organ has been transplanted into a human who has a chance to survive and recover. … The latest transplant, performed at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), used organs from pigs with ten genetic modifications
What organs can we use from pigs?
Pigs have large litters, short gestation periods and organs comparable to humans. Pig heart valves also have been used successfully for decades in humans. The blood thinner heparin is derived from pig intestines. Pigskin grafts are used on burns and Chinese surgeons have used pig corneas to restore sight.
What organs do pigs and humans have in common?
Stomach, spleen, bile duct system, small intestines, kidneys, bladder, etc. – the remainder of the abdominal organs found in the fetal pig are basically the same as found in humans. Thymus – The thymus is found in the same areas in pigs as in humans.
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