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Cloning

Scientists Clone Pigs Designed to Give Transplant Organs

21 years, 3 months ago

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Posted on Nov 22, 2002, 9 a.m. By Bill Freeman

Two independent teams of scientists, one from the US and another from the UK, have created pigs with organs suitable for human transplants. Both of the cloned porcine litters were genetically engineered to switch off genes that would cause the human body to reject them and to be of a similar size to the equivalent human organ.

Two independent teams of scientists, one from the US and another from the UK, have created pigs with organs suitable for human transplants. Both of the cloned porcine litters were genetically engineered to switch off genes that would cause the human body to reject them and to be of a similar size to the equivalent human organ. Experts believe that the science of xenotransplantation (cross-species transplants) could solve the ever-growing shortage of human organs available for transplant.

SOURCE/REFERENCE: Reported by www.bbc.co.uk on the 3rd January 2002

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