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Surgeons Smash Records with Pig-to-Primate Organ Transplants

by Antonio Regalado

A biotech company is genetically engineering pigs so that their organs might work in people.

The researchers say they have kept a pig heart alive in a baboon for 945 days and also reported the longest-ever kidney swap between these species, lasting 136 days. The experiments used organs from pigs “humanized” with the addition of as many as five human genes, a strategy designed to stop organ rejection.

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