Scientists genetically modified piglets bringing transplants to humans closer
2017-08-11 16:55:00


Scientists at a Massachusetts company in the US seeking to make pig organs safe enough to be transplanted into humans have used genetically modified technology to clone piglets that lack a potentially dangerous retrovirus, according to a study released on Thursday.

The breakthrough, according to authors of the study published in the journal Science, could help pave the way for transplantation of whole pig organs into humans, without fear of patients being infected with the pig retrovirus. But other hurdles remain.

Transplants from pigs could offer a new potentially life-saving alternative for patients diagnosed with organ failure and no other viable treatment options. A shortage of available human organs has led scientists to study the possibility of animal donors to close the gap.

About 20 people die each day in the United States while awaiting an organ transplant, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing.

Source: CGTN Editor: Hiram