• Pig heart transplanted to human for the first time

    9 days ago - By Ars Technica

    Enlarge / The transplant team with the replacement heart. (credit: The transplant team with the replacement heart. )
    On Monday, the University of Maryland School of Medicine announced that its staff had done the first transplant of a pig's heart into a human. The patient who received it had end-stage heart disease and was too sick to qualify for the standard transplant list. Three days after the procedure, the patient was still alive.
    The idea of using non-human organs as replacements for damaged human ones-called xenotransplantation-has a long history, inspired by the fact that there are...
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