Thursday, January 20, 2022

Animal Science on the Edge

A Maryland man
has received a kidney from a genetically modified pig

The pig had been gene-editing to remove a sugar in its cells that is responsible for hyper-fast organ rejection. 

The patient, David Bennett Sr, is a 57-year old handyman who was convicted in 1988 of stabbing a man seven times, leaving him paralyzed. Edward Shumaker, the stabbing victim, spent the next 19 years in a wheelchair before he had a stroke in 2005 and died two years later — one week before his 41st birthday.

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