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First Ever Genetically Modified Pig-to-Human Kidney Transplant Successfully Completed

Doctors from UAB told Newsweek that the procedure consisted of transplanting two genetically-modified pig kidneys into the abdomen of a brain-dead human patient named Jim Parsons, 57, who was involved in a dirt bike accident.
First Ever Genetically Modified Pig-to-Human Kidney Transplant Successfully Completed
UAB’s Xenotransplant team. From left, front row: Jayme Locke, M.D., Katie Stegner, Lindsey Banks, Amy Johnson, M.D., Sara Macedon. Back row: Babak Orandi,M.D., Ph.D., Jordan Lee, M.D., Paige Porrett, M.D., Ph.D., Brett Findley, Natalie Anderson, Drew Shunk, M.D., JennyAnn Eads. The team was able to successfully perform a pig-to-human kidney transplant in September 2021. STEVE WOOD, THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM

Newsweek

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.

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