Xenotransplantation: Pig organ transplants into humans could be achieved as soon as 2019 in China

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Chinese scientists are now desperately seeking government approval to launch a clinical trial for xenotransplantation. The goal is to have genetically modified pig organs transplanted into humans.

Already, there is fantastic progress. For instance, 400 cornea transplants have been performed from pigs to humans with a stunning 95 percent success rate once the Chinese government gave the green light in 2015.

Now, the same scientific consortium is looking permission from the government to make the next big step: a clinical trial for organ xenotransplantation.

This could happen as early as two years from now, South China Morning Post reported, although there’s a good chance the deadline could be extended even further… Corneas, which don’t contain blood vessels, are one thing but an organ which can be mind-wrecking complex is a whole different ballgame.

According to the Chinese leading scientist, it’s quite possible that a pig organ transplanted tomorrow inside a human’s body won’t get rejected. The big risk though is in the long term such as inflammation as a result of the immune system attacking the transplanted heart or lung.

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