>>Taghrib News Agency (TNA) 21 Jan 2022 - 15:18 http://www.taghribnews.com/en/news/535322/pig-kidneys-successfully-transplanted-into-brain-dead-human-body -------------------------------------------------- Title : Pig Kidneys Successfully Transplanted Into Brain-Dead Human Body -------------------------------------------------- The person who led the new study said that the transplant shows that a body of a brain-dead person can be used as a model for testing new medical treatments. Text : News of this development come shortly after surgeons in Maryland successfully performed a first-of-its-kind organ transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart into a human patient who was deemed too sick to qualify for a human heart. "The organ shortage is an unmitigated crisis and we ve never had a real solution to it," Dr. Jayme Locke of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the person who led the new study, said as quoted by AP. As Locke s team reported in the American Journal of Transplantation, both kidneys survived with no signs of rejection for a little over three days, until the patient s body was taken off life support. While one of the kidneys was damaged during its removal from the pig and did not function properly, the other produced urine as normal; no pig viruses were transmitted to the patient during transplantation, and no pig cells were found in his bloodstream. Locke noted that this experiment also shows that the body of a brain-dead person can be used as a model for testing new medical treatments. Animal-to-human transplants have previously been attempted for decades, but without success as patient s immune systems started attacking foreign tissue almost instantly. Now, however, technologies at scientists disposal allow them to edit pig genes, making the potential organ transplants more human-like, as the media outlet put it.