A pig kidney is successfully placed in a human for the first time | medical

US media reported Tuesday (local time) that surgeons in New York succeeded in placing a kidney from a genetically modified pig into a human patient. At first glance, the transplanted organ was functioning normally.

The long-term consequences of the transplant are still unknown. The brain-dead patient, into whom the organ was inserted, was followed for only 54 hours. Despite this, medical experts said the procedure marked a milestone. “We need to learn more about organ longevity,” for example, Dore Segev, professor of transplant surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, told the New York Times. “However, this is a massive breakthrough. A big deal.”

The clinicians and scientists involved anticipate that a successful transplant will lead to a huge stockpile of pig-derived donor organs in the future. In addition to the kidneys, these can also be the hearts, liver and other organs.

The results obtained during transplantation have not been reviewed or published in a medical journal.

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