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Pig-to-Human Organ Transplants Could Happen Within 2 Years, Researcher Says — Physician’s First Watch
Pig-to-Human Organ Transplants Could Happen Within 2 Years, Researcher Says
By the Editors
New research, reported in Science, may help pave the way for transplanting organs from pigs into humans.
To date, concern about transmission of porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERVs) to humans has been one impediment to pig-to-human organ transplants. Now, scientists have used the gene-editing tool CRISPR to deactivate PERVs in a porcine primary cell line, and then used somatic cell nuclear transfer to create pigs with inactivated PERVs.
One of the researchers told the New York Times that the first pig-to-human organ transplants could happen within 2 years.