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Pigs may soon donate organs to humans

HEALTH & SCIENCEBy JOY WANJA | Sat,Oct 17 2015 00:00:00 EAT
By JOY WANJA | Sat,Oct 17 2015 00:00:00 EAT

After decades of research, pigs could be considered as organ donors for human beings.

A team of Harvard scientists engineered pig tissue so that it could not be rejected by the human body using a technology known as Crispr where a bacterially derived protein to cut-away a particular gene is replaced or repaired by another molecule introduced at the same time.

George Church, a professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, says the study was driven by the need to create a steady supply of human organs for transplant by growing them in pigs.

 

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