Pig Hearts Provide Long-Term Cardiac Function in Baboons

December 5, 2018

(The Scientist) – Hearts taken from pigs engineered so the organs won’t produce extreme immune reactions if transplanted into humans or other primates can support the life of recipient baboons for up to 195 days, according to a report in Nature today (December 5). The study, in which four baboons lived in good health for several months after surgery, brings xenotransplantation one step closer to the clinic, say researchers.

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