U.S. man recovering after ‘breakthrough’ pig-heart transplant

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By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) – A U.S. man with terminal heart disease was implanted with a genetically modified pig heart in a first-of-its-kind surgery, and three days later the patient is doing well, his doctors reported on Monday. The surgery, performed by a team at the University of Maryland Medicine, is among the first to demonstrate the feasibility of a pig-to-human heart transplant, a field made possible by new gene editing tools. If proven successful, scientists hope pig organs could help alleviate shortages of donor organs. “This was a breakthrough surgery and brings us one …

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