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The first recipient of a modified pig kidney transplant passed away around two months after the surgery was carried out.

  • Xenotransplantation is any procedure that involves the transplantation, implantation or infusion into a human recipient of either live cells, tissues, or organs from a nonhuman animal source or human body fluids, cells, tissues or organs that have had ex vivo contact with live nonhuman animal cells, tissues or organs.
  • Xenotransplantation involving the heart was first tried in humans in the 1980s.
  • The animal organ selected has to undergo genetic modifications, so that the human body does not reject it.
  • Even after the operation, constant monitoring needs to be done to check the body’s response to the organ.