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Take a good, hard mental image of a long line of people stretched for blocks. If you expand the line to roughly 100,000, this is the number of people waiting for an organ transplant. The imbalanced patient-to-organ ratio leaves many to die while waiting their turn. In response, some researchers try to tap into animal organs to save human lives, but those organs do not always work.

Research in the University of Missouri’s Division of Animal Sciences may help solve this medical debacle by using genetic modification. When an organ goes from one animal to another (like to a human), preexisting antibodies in the human bind to the organ’s sugar molecules and kill the organ, making it useless. “When you take a pig cell and transfer it to a human, the molecule is immediately recognized as foreign,” explains MU’s Animal Science Professor, Randall Prather. “Within minutes you’ll get hyperacute rejection, and the cells will be destroyed.”

Published January 20, 2009

Watching Wildlife with an Eye toward Conservation

Watching Wildlife with an Eye toward Conservation

Matt Gompper

Associate Professor, Fisheries and Wildlife

Published July 26, 2006

Theatre Is Where The Heart Is

Theatre Is Where The Heart Is

Clyde Ruffin

Professor, Theatre Department

Published May 18, 2010

A Literary League of his Own

A Literary League of his Own

Speer Morgan

Professor of English

Published October 26, 2010

Rendering Reputations

Rendering Reputations

Betty Winfield

Professor, School of Journalism

Published May 17, 2006

Interview with David H. Jonassen

Interview with David H. Jonassen

David Jonassen

Distinguished Professor of Education

Published November 28, 2006