Pig Kidneys Can Provide Life-Sustaining Organ Function In Humans

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Scientists have discovered that for the first time, modified pig kidneys provided “life-sustaining kidney function” during a seven-day clinical study which will help address the worldwide kidney donor shortage.

The University Of Alabama's findings advance the science and promise of xenotransplantation to potentially cure end-stage kidney disease like a human-to-human transplant can.

“It has been truly extraordinary to see the first-ever preclinical demonstration that appropriately modified pig kidneys can provide normal, life-sustaining kidney function in a human safely and be achieved using a standard immunosuppression regimen,” said UAB transplant surgeon scientist Jayme Locke, M.D., director of UAB’s Comprehensive Transplant Institute and lead author of the paper.

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