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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.
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.
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.
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.
The technical feat has, ironically, inspired some dread among those enthusiastic about xenotransplantation, the transfer of nonhuman animal organs into people.
In addition to immune rejection, another concern about xenotransplantation is the risk of transmittingviruses and other pathogens from one species to another.
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