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Genetically modified freeze dried pig heart, United Kingdom, 1999
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Genetically modified freeze dried pig heart, United Kingdom, 1999
A freeze-dried pig heart genetically engineered by Imutran
Work Type
Biotechnology
Date
1999
Location
United Kingdom
Description
A freeze-dried pig heart genetically engineered by Imutran Limited in 1999 to be suitable for transplantation into humans, a process known as xenotransplantation.
A pig s heart is close in structure and size to a human heart. This freeze dried example was genetically engineered to be suitable for transplant into humans so the body will not reject the new organ. The practice of using animal organs for human body parts is known as xenotransplantation. The first animal-to-human heart transplant took place in 1964, and was carried out by James D Hardy (1918-2003). The patient survived for only two hours with a chimpanzee heart. This heart had been genetically modified by Imutran Ltd, who donated it to the Science Museum s collections.
A pig s heart is close in structure and size to a human heart. This freeze dried example was genetically engineered to be suitable for transplant into humans so the body will not reject the new organ. The practice of using animal organs for human body parts is known as xenotransplantation. The first animal-to-human heart transplant took place in 1964, and was carried out by James D Hardy (1918-2003). The patient survived for only two hours with a chimpanzee heart. This heart had been genetically modified by Imutran Ltd, who donated it to the Science Museum s collections.
Accession Number
2001-725
Subject
pig heart
ID Number
co532583
Source
Image and original data from Science Museum Group
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