xenotransplantation

noun
xe·​no·​trans·​plan·​ta·​tion | \ˌze-nə-ˌtran(t)s-ˌplan-ˈtā-shən, ˌzē-\

Definition of xenotransplantation 

: transplantation of an organ, tissue, or cells between two different species

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xenotransplant \ˌze-​nə-​ˈtran(t)s-​ˌplant, ˌzē-​ \ noun

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Toward Custom Organs Scientists have long been dreaming of xenotransplantation—putting animal organs into people—as a possible solution to the current human organ shortage. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Crispr," 27 Apr. 2018 In one study, a team of researchers edited a common virus from fetal pig genomes and then bred piglets that could one day be a source for xenotransplantation to address the human organ shortage. Jessica Firger, Newsweek, "Trump, Tasty Pigs and Hurricanes: The Top Medical Stories of the Year," 13 Dec. 2017 Luhan Yang, corresponding author on the paper and co-founder and chief scientific officer of eGenesis, which is pursuing gene editing to enable xenotransplantation, said the study addresses a key safety concern. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "What Gene-Altering for Pigs and Ants Might Mean for Humans," 10 Aug. 2017 The retroviruses are dormant in pigs, but fear of transmission to humans has been a major barrier in moving forward with animal-to-human transplants, known as xenotransplantation. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "What Gene-Altering for Pigs and Ants Might Mean for Humans," 10 Aug. 2017 The technical feat has, ironically, inspired some dread among those enthusiastic about xenotransplantation, the transfer of nonhuman animal organs into people. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "CRISPR slices virus genes out of pigs, but will it make organ transplants to humans safer?," 10 Aug. 2017 In addition to immune rejection, another concern about xenotransplantation is the risk of transmittingviruses and other pathogens from one species to another. Annalee Newitz, WIRED, "Science That Could Be Fiction: Xenotransplantation," 13 Apr. 2007

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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xenotransplantation

noun
xe·​no·​trans·​plan·​ta·​tion | \-ˌtran(t)s-ˌplan-ˈtā-shən \

Medical Definition of xenotransplantation 

: transplantation of an organ, tissue, or cells between two different species (as a human and a domestic swine)

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