US researchers test pig-to-human transplant in donated body

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AP Medical Writer

U.S. researchers are reporting the latest in a surprising string of experiments in the quest to save human lives with organs from genetically modified pigs.

This time, surgeons in Alabama transplanted a pair of pig kidneys into a brain-dead man. It was a step-by-step rehearsal for an operation they hope to try in living patients possibly later this year.

Similar attempts have made headlines in recent months as research into animal-to-human transplants heats up.

Earlier attempts at using animal organs have failed. With new techniques to genetically alter pig genes so their organs are more human-like, some scientists are ready to try again.

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1/20/2022 6:34:54 AM (GMT -6:00)

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