Specialists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have, for the first time, successfully transplanted pig kidneys into a human patient.
The xenotransplantation was performed on September 30, 2021, at UAB Hospital. Today, the first peer-reviewed research was published in the American Journal of Transplantation.
Xenotransplantation refers to tissues or organs being transplanted between different species. More than 800,000 Americans are living with kidney failure, according to experts at UAB.