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Surgeons successfully transplant pig kidney into human for first time

Surgeons in the U.S. have successfully transplanted a pig kidney into a human for the first time. It started working as intended, filtering waste and producing urine without triggering a rejection by the recipient’s immune system.

The procedure, which was carried out at NYU Langone Health in New York, marks a ‘significant step’ in the decades-long quest to use animal organs for life-saving transplants. It involved the use of a pig whose genes had been altered so that its tissues no longer contained a molecule known to trigger almost immediate rejection. The recipient was a brain-dead patient in New York with signs of kidney dysfunction whose family agreed to the experiment before she was due to be taken off life support, researchers said.

The surgical team found the organ began working “almost immediately.” The surgeons didn’t fully implant the organ into the body. However, getting it to function with proper connection to the patient’s circulatory system is the first major obstacle to overcome, Dr. Robert Montgomery, the director of the NYU Langone Transplant Institute who performed the surgery, told the New York Times.

The procedure was performed in September, and the results haven’t yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. The pig which provided the kidney was genetically modified to reduce the odds that the human recipient’s body would reject the organ.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: TIME.COM

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