71 Views

Everything You Need to Know About Pig-to-Human Organ Transplants

The general shortage of human organ donors has led scientists to explore other options for human recipients, including pigs. Although pigs are often noted to be dirty and disgusting and most commonly bred for consumption, they are actually very intelligent creatures. With many countries lacking enough willing organ donors, they are giving more thought to harvesting organs from pigs.

As patients die waiting for an organ transplant, a team of international specialists is working on a way to make pig-human transplants, or xenotransplantation safe. Prior efforts have been somewhat limited due to concerns about pig organs transmitting diseases into human recipients.

The new efforts are focused on eliminating genetic factors that can causes viruses in humans. Gene editing has the potential to eliminate porcine endogenous retroviruses from DNA in pigs, making them a safe place to grow human organs. The existence of the condition has made growing organs, including kidneys safe to transplant. But new advancements may be one step closer to creating a new source of organ donation.

Dr. Luhan Yang, co-founder and chief scientific officer at the biotech company eGenesis explains, “This research represents an important advance in addressing safety concerns about cross-species viral transmission. Our team will further engineer the Perv-free pig strain to deliver safe and effective xenotransplantation.”

Although it is uncertain that pig organs could lead to diseases in human, the potential risk has so far been deemed to great to take.

“The problem is that all pig cells carry cancer viruses embedded in their DNA. These are known as endogenous retroviruses which, although normally silent, can be activated to become fully infectious for human cells when pig cells carrying these retroviruses are co-incubated with human cells.”

By eliminating the gene, the world could have a new source of organ donation for human patients.

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Latest Posts

Jump Around: How You Can Benefit from Plyometrics
Training
227 views
Training
227 views

Jump Around: How You Can Benefit from Plyometrics

SPFadmin - October 19, 2017

Share to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to PinterestShare to StumbleUponShare to MoreShare to Email Don't think you can benefit from adding in plymotrics to your workout programs or…

6 Ways To Challenge Yourself with the Push Up
Training
211 views
Training
211 views

6 Ways To Challenge Yourself with the Push Up

SPFadmin - October 19, 2017

Share to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to PinterestShare to StumbleUponShare to MoreShare to Email Push ups are a fundamental movement that anyone can benefit from doing. Make your…

5 Unorthodox Ways to Use the Trap Bar for Gains
Training
213 views
Training
213 views

5 Unorthodox Ways to Use the Trap Bar for Gains

SPFadmin - October 19, 2017

The trap bar itself is unorthodox and these 5 unorthodox trap bar variations are just what you need to make some serious gains. Read on to learn…

How Your Goals Could Benefit from a Maintenance Phase
Training
207 views
Training
207 views

How Your Goals Could Benefit from a Maintenance Phase

SPFadmin - October 19, 2017

Have you already accomplished all of your fitness goals? Well, it may be time to transition into a complete maintenance phase. Read on to learn more! You’ve…

5 Pump-Inducing Workout Finishers You Should Try
Training
213 views
Training
213 views

5 Pump-Inducing Workout Finishers You Should Try

SPFadmin - October 19, 2017

Share to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to PinterestShare to StumbleUponShare to MoreShare to Email Nothing compares to walking out of the gym with an amazing pump. In case…

9 Unbreakable Laws of Max Effort Training
Training
224 views
Training
224 views

9 Unbreakable Laws of Max Effort Training

SPFadmin - October 19, 2017

Share to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to PinterestShare to StumbleUponShare to MoreShare to Email If you're interested in max effort training than you better not break one of…

Tricep Trifecta: 3 Power Exercises For Tricep & Bench Strength
Training
226 views
Training
226 views

Tricep Trifecta: 3 Power Exercises For Tricep & Bench Strength

SPFadmin - October 19, 2017

Share to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to PinterestShare to StumbleUponShare to MoreShare to Email Coach Myers has the answer for two weightlifting woes. This workout will get you…

Full Body Circuit: Train Legs & Arms at the Same Time!
Training
226 views
Training
226 views

Full Body Circuit: Train Legs & Arms at the Same Time!

SPFadmin - October 19, 2017

Share to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to PinterestShare to StumbleUponShare to MoreShare to Email Most lifters love training arms & hate training legs. Get the best of both…

Get Stronger At Squats With This 12 Week Super Squat Workout
Training
269 views
Training
269 views

Get Stronger At Squats With This 12 Week Super Squat Workout

SPFadmin - October 19, 2017

Share to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to PinterestShare to StumbleUponShare to MoreShare to Email Work your way to a bigger, more impressive squat with this 12-week program that's…

Single Leg Strength: The Leg Day Solution For Lifters With Back Issues
Training
176 views
Training
176 views

Single Leg Strength: The Leg Day Solution For Lifters With Back Issues

SPFadmin - October 19, 2017

Share to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to PinterestShare to StumbleUponShare to MoreShare to Email Leg day is unbearable for those with lower back pain. The good news is…