Here’s How Scientists Pulled Off the First Pig-to-Human Heart Transplant

January 12, 2022

(Science) – The procedure, done by a team at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), was a major test for several experimental innovations designed to keep the pig heart functioning in a human chest, including 10 genetic changes in the pigs, a novel immunosuppressant given to the recipient, and a cocaine-laced solution used to incubate the heart. Here’s how science and ethical considerations informed the complex procedure. (Read More)