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Engineered Pig Viable for Human Transplants Created

by 5m Editor
6 July 2011, at 10:55am

SOUTH KOREA - South Korean scientists have created a genetically modified pig that has a better chance of success in animal-to-human organ transplants, a state institute said Wednesday.

Yonhap News Agency reports that the new pig, named Somang-i, is designed to produce an antigen (the human lymphocyte differentiation antigen, cluster of differentiation 73 or CD 73) that will help prevent hyperacute rejection of animal organs by human bodies.

According to the Rural Development Administration (RDA), a research arm of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.