Scientists keeps pig heart alive in baboon for over two years

Posted on:06 Apr 2016 18:23:18
Scientists keeps pig heart alive in baboon for over two years
06 April 2016 Current Affairs: Researchers at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in Bethesda, Maryland, have managed to keep a pig heart beating for 945 days  inside the body of a live baboon. This record-breaking outcome gives  researchers a ray of hope for the potential for xenotransplantation - the transplantation of animal organs or tissues into humans, to address worldwide organ shortages.Cross-species transplants provoke a powerful immune reaction, leading to rejection of the organ by the host. But a US-German team used a combination of gene modification and immune-suppressing drugs. Their work is described in the journal Nature Communications.If everything goes well and the experiment gets successful, animal organs can be used for transplantation in humans who are in  desperate need of transplants but not getting any donor. Currently in the US, 22 people die every day just waiting for organs, which are in constant short supply.

Monthly Current Affairs

Current Affairs Section

Daily Current Affairs Quiz

Subscribe to Current Affairs

Enter your email to get daily current affairs

Current Affairs February 2018

23 FEBRUARY
NEWS
22 FEBRUARY
NEWS
21 FEBRUARY
NEWS
20 FEBRUARY
NEWS

Current Affairs January 2018

31 JANUARY
NEWS
30 JANUARY
NEWS
29 JANUARY
NEWS
28 JANUARY
NEWS

Current Affairs December 2017

31 DECEMBER
NEWS
30 DECEMBER
NEWS
29 DECEMBER
NEWS
28 DECEMBER
NEWS