US surgeons transplant pig kidney to live patient in world first

March 22, 2024

The four-hour operation was carried out on Saturday on a 62-year-old man suffering from end-stage kidney disease, Massachusetts General Hospital said. The hospital said the pig kidney used for the transplant was provided by a Massachusetts biotech company called eGenesis and had been genetically-edited to remove harmful pig genes and add certain human genes. He will be on a regimen of immunosuppressive drugs to ward off rejection of the pig kidney. Slayman said he agreed to the pig kidney transplant as "not only as a way to help me, but a way to provide hope for the thousands of people who need a transplant to survive." "These special pigs have organs of similar size and function to human organs," it said.

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