Pig Kidneys transplanted to human in milestone experiment
It's an exciting moment to be a transplant surgeon. Only two weeks ago, scientists in Baltimore announced the successful transplant of a pig heart into a healthy human patient. Pig kidneys might be on their way soon.
Scientists have successfully transplanted genetically engineered pig kidneys into the body of a brain-dead person for the first time. The University of Alabama (UAB) academics have released the first peer-reviewed paper to thoroughly detail this procedure.
The pig kidneys were harvested from genetically engineered pigs in order to make the kidneys transplantable into a human body. The kidneys were not rejected after transplantation, and they were able to filter blood and generate urine over the three days of the trial.