TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - June 28, 2016) - Right now, there are over 120,000 patients in the US who are waiting for an organ transplant. Despite the fact that the number of organ donors has nearly doubled between 1994 and 2014, the gap between viable organs and the patients who need them continues to widen.
While cell culture, organ scaffolds and even 3-D printing have been used to grow human organs in the lab, this technology needs to be further refined and significantly scaled-up before it can be used to generate organs at the rate of which they are currently in demand.
Scientists are now looking to pigs for a consistent source of transplantable, biocompatible human organs. By exposing pig embryos to human stem cells, it's hoped that the resulting chimeric animals could grow specific human organs which could be harvested for human transplantation. Read more on this article: http://tinyurl.com/hyw2yjb
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