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Pig heart beats in baboon for two years – US expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on April 6th, 2016.

International scientists may have overcome an key obstacle in xenotransplantation, successfully transplanting a heart from a pig into a baboon which survived for two years,  An effective immune-suppressing drug therapy has enabled the longest-to-date survival of a heart transplant from a pig to a baboon, published in Nature Communications this week. The implanted pig organ […]

Listener: The harm on the farm

Peter Griffin posted in on July 11th, 2014.

The New Zealand Listener’s latest editorial looks at the issue of animal welfare in New Zealand, particularly in the pork industry. An excerpt: (read in full here) Continuing revelations of cruel treatment of pigs in some New Zealand piggeries are a matter of concern on so many fronts politicians should be falling over themselves to […]

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GM feeding study in pigs – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on June 13th, 2013.

A study examining the long-term health effects in pigs of a diet containing genetically modified crops has been published this week in the Journal of Organic Systems. The 168 pigs in the study were fed a diet of either GM or non-GM corn and soy over the course of their normal commercial lifespan (just over […]

New Zealand, Russia leading in xenotransplantation trials

Peter Griffin posted in on March 20th, 2009.

There’s always a certain cringe factor when we start talking about taking tissue or even whole organs from animals and transplanting them into humans. It’s yet another area of science rife with questions of ethics and safety. But as the the Journal of the American Medical Association points out in a very good four page […]

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