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Team in China aims to start trial of pig organs in humans this year

After completing a human trial of modified pig skin grafts last year, a team in China hopes to start the first pig organ transplant trial later this year

Health 9 February 2022

Piglets in Chinese pigpen

Trials using pig skin for human grafts could make the procedure more common

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Several groups are vying to be the first to transplant organs from genetically modified pigs into people as part of a clinical trial. One of the contenders is a team in China that last year was the first to complete a human trial of CRISPR genome-edited pig skin grafts.

“We plan to do heart or liver xenotransplants within 2022, but we do not have a specific timetable at this moment,” Lijin Zou at the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University in China told …