Should We Grow Human Organs In Pigs?

Should We Grow Human Organs In Pigs?

An amazing new technology will let scientists grow new kidneys for patients using their own stem cells inside of pigs.

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FYI: We try to leave jargon out of our videos, but if you want to learn more about this topic, here are some keywords to get your googling started:
Organ transplantation – surgically transferring an organ from one person into another.
Xenotransplantation – transplanting organs between members of different species.
Transplant rejection – when the organ recipient’s immune system destroys transplanted tissue.
Pluripotent stem cells – embryonic cells that can give rise to all the different types of cells that make up the body.
CRISPR – a genome editing tool that allows scientists to modify genes in living cells.

Credits (and Twitter handles):
Script Writers: Rachel Becker (@Ra_Becks) & David Goldenberg (@dgoldenberg)
Script Editor: Emily Elert (@eelert)
Video Illustrator: Qingyang Chen
Video Director: Kate Yoshida (@KateYoshida)
Video Narrator: Kate Yoshida (@KateYoshida)
With Contributions From: Henry Reich, Alex Reich, Ever Salazar, Peter Reich, David Goldenberg
Music by: Nathaniel Schroeder:


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Nagashima, H., Matsunari, H. (2016). Growing human organs in pigs – A dream or reality? Theriogenology 86 (422-426). Retrieved from

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