US medical team completes 2nd pig-to-human organ transplant

Surgeons from the University of Maryland school of medicine are rejoicing over a successful transplant.

This is the second transplant of a genetically-modified internal organ from a pig to a human.

This Kidney transplant which was described in a scientific paper, comes on the heels of the successful implantation of a porcine heart into a person earlier this month.

Today’s results are a remarkable achievement for humanity and advance xenotransplant into the clinical realm,” said Selwyn Vickers, dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Heersink School of Medicine, which carried out the procedure.

It is hoped that advances in the field of so-called xenotransplantation, or cross-species organ donation, could one day solve the chronic shortage of organ donations.

This Kidney transplant which was described in a scientific paper, comes on the heels of the successful implantation of a porcine heart into a person earlier this month.

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