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Genetic Linkage

Pig Parts

October 20, 2011

Tags: xenotransplants, pig parts, Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, University of Pittsburgh, Ricki Lewis, The Lancet, David K. C. Cooper, pig endogenous retroviruses, Living Cell Technologies, islet transplants, type 1 diabetes, insulin, Pigman

According to a new review in The Lancet, when it comes to transplants from pigs, smaller is better. (“Clinical transplantation: the next medical revolution?” from David K. C. Cooper and colleagues at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.)

People have harbored pig parts for years, in the form of bladder linings, ligaments, and of course heart valves. (more…)

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