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A Bacon of Hope

A visit with Randall Prather, Professor, Division of Animal Sciences

By Sean Powers
Published: - Topics: genes genetic modification cloning pigs organs

Pig to Human Organ Donation

Topics: cloning pigs

A fundamental medical challenge for species-to-species organ donations involves sugar molecules that are recognized as foreign by preexisting antibodies. Prather and his team have modified pigs by removing the sugar molecule on the surface of their organs and then transferred those organs into baboons. So far the pig kidneys have not caused the kind of hyperacute rejection seen in similar organ transplants.