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First Successful Kidney Transplant from CRSPR Modified Pig. What this could mean for Dialysis Centers

The operation’s early success has made researchers hopeful that clinical trials for xenotransplanted organs will start soon.

The early success of the first transplant of a pig kidney into a living person has raised researchers’ hopes that larger clinical trials involving pig organs will soon become a reality. Such trials could bring xenotransplantation — the use of animal organs in human recipients — into the clinic.

The recipient of the pig kidney is a 62-year-old man with end-stage renal failure named Richard Slayman. He is recovering well after the surgery on 16 March, according to his transplant surgeon. The kidney was taken from a miniature pig carrying a record 69 genomic edits, which were aimed at preventing rejection of the donated organ and reducing the risk that a virus lurking in the organ could infect the recipient.

 

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