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In a First, Man Receives a Heart From a Genetically Altered Pig

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the United Network for Organ Sharing
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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The Food and Drug Administration

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David Bennett Sr
Bartley Griffith
David Klassen
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Jay Fishman
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The heart transplant comes just months after surgeons in New York successfully attached the kidney of a genetically engineered pig to a brain-dead person.Researchers hope procedures like this will usher in a new era in medicine in the future when replacement organs are no longer in short supply for the more than half a million Americans who are waiting for kidneys and other organs.“This is a watershed event,” said Dr. David Klassen, the chief medical officer of the United Network for Organ Sharing and a transplant physician. But safety concerns and fear of setting off a dangerous immune response that can be life-threatening precluded their use in humans until recently.Dr. Jay Fishman, the associate director of the transplantation center at Massachusetts General Hospital, said that using pig organs provides the ability to perform genetic manipulations, the time to carry out better screening for infectious diseases, and the possibility of a new organ at the time that the patient needs it.“There are challenges for sure, but also opportunities,” he said.The heart transplanted into Mr. Bennett came from a genetically altered pig provided by Revivicor, a regenerative medicine company based in Blacksburg, Va.The pig had 10 genetic modifications.

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