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Pig kidney transplanted to human for the first time

Wednesday, 20. October 2021 – 16:01 Update: 21-10-2021 10:48

Brain dead patient

“The kidney was not actually placed in the body, as usual, because this was an experiment on a brain-dead patient that the family had agreed to before she was taken off the ventilator,” Reuters said. This patient had signs of renal failure. The surgeons kept the pig kidney out of the body and attached it to the brain-dead patient’s blood vessels so they could better monitor its functioning.

Pig genes changed

The procedure performed at NYU Langone Health in New York City involved using a pig whose genes had been altered. As a result, his tissues no longer contained a molecule known to cause near-instantaneous rejection.

Kidney functioned ‘normally’

The kidney made the normal amount of urine you would expect from a transplanted human kidney, said transplant surgeon Dr. Robert Montgomery, who led the study.

Pig kidney transplanted to human for the first time
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