Surgeons Successfully Transplant a Pig Kidney into a Person
Surgeons Successfully Transplant a Pig Kidney into a Person
The achievement bolsters hopes that nonhuman animals could be used to remedy the shortage of transplantable organs.
Surgeons Successfully Transplant a Pig Kidney into a Person
Surgeons Successfully Transplant a Pig Kidney into a Person

The achievement bolsters hopes that nonhuman animals could be used to remedy the shortage of transplantable organs.

The achievement bolsters hopes that nonhuman animals could be used to remedy the shortage of transplantable organs.

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The Long Journey to Resolve the Origins of a Previous Pandemic
The Long Journey to Resolve the Origins of a Previous Pandemic
Martha Nelson | Sep 2, 2021
Dozens of researchers, including myself, worked for years to uncover that swine flu had leapt to humans from a pig in Mexico in 2009. We learned a lot about influenza evolution, pig farming, and outbreak risk along the way.
The Extinct Species Within
The Extinct Species Within
Christie Wilcox | Aug 6, 2021
The genomes of living animals are littered with DNA from long-gone relatives, providing a lens on evolution, past extinctions, and perhaps even solutions to agricultural problems.
Two New Coronaviruses Make the Leap into Humans
Two New Coronaviruses Make the Leap into Humans
Amanda Heidt | May 20, 2021
Two viruses from dogs and pigs were isolated from human patients, but neither was proven to cause severe disease or to transmit to other people.
Mammals Can Use Their Intestines to Breathe
Mammals Can Use Their Intestines to Breathe
Abby Olena | May 14, 2021
Researchers show that both mice and pigs are capable of oxygenating their blood via the colon—a capacity that, if shared by humans, could be leveraged in the clinic to minimize the need for mechanical ventilation.
See Pigs Master a Joystick Video Game
See Pigs Master a Joystick Video Game
Lisa Winter | Feb 12, 2021
Directing an object on a screen to a target provided a tasty reward.
FDA Clears Genetic Modification in Pigs for Biomedicine and Food
FDA Clears Genetic Modification in Pigs for Biomedicine and Food
Catherine Offord | Dec 15, 2020
The decision, which concerns the removal of a sugar molecule on the surface of cells in a line of domestic pigs, marks the first time an approval has been granted for both purposes simultaneously.
Image of the Day: See-Through Tissue
Image of the Day: See-Through Tissue
Amy Schleunes | Feb 21, 2020
Scientists have developed a tissue-clearing protocol that allows them to peer into entire, transparent human organs.
Image of the Day: Bionic Heart
Image of the Day: Bionic Heart
Amy Schleunes | Jan 30, 2020
A bioengineered heart made of pig and synthetic tissues beats like the real thing.
Infographic: Preventing a Swine Pandemic
Infographic: Preventing a Swine Pandemic
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 13, 2020
With millions of pigs killed due to a major outbreak of African swine fever virus in Asia, researchers have intensified efforts to find a vaccine quickly.
Infographic: The Lifecycle of African Swine Fever Virus
Infographic: The Lifecycle of African Swine Fever Virus
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 13, 2020
Understanding how domestic pigs can be infected with the deadly virus could be key to protecting them from it.
Infographic: A Deadly Pig Virus’s Escapes from Africa
Infographic: A Deadly Pig Virus’s Escapes from Africa
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 13, 2020
African swine fever virus has left the continent on three occasions, causing outbreaks in Europe, the Americas, and most recently, East Asia.
Can a Vaccine Save the World’s Pigs from African Swine Fever?
Can a Vaccine Save the World’s Pigs from African Swine Fever?
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 13, 2020
A devastating outbreak of the virus across East Asia has made the long-neglected pathogen a top research priority, but many challenges lie ahead.
Monthly Contraceptive Pill Shows Promise in Pig Study
Monthly Contraceptive Pill Shows Promise in Pig Study
Catherine Offord | Dec 5, 2019
A device that releases synthetic hormones slowly over time could one day provide a more practical alternative to daily birth control pills, say scientists.
Scientists Race to Build Vaccine for African Swine Fever
Scientists Race to Build Vaccine for African Swine Fever
Katarina Zimmer | Jun 24, 2019
The devastating outbreak of the disease that has led to millions of pig deaths in East Asia has intensified efforts to develop a vaccine quickly, but the virus presents several challenges that are yet to be overcome.
Circulation and Cell Function Revived in Dead Pigs’ Brains
Circulation and Cell Function Revived in Dead Pigs’ Brains
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 17, 2019
Researchers develop a system to deliver synthetic blood to isolated brains hours after death.
Pig Hearts Provide Long-Term Cardiac Function in Baboons
Pig Hearts Provide Long-Term Cardiac Function in Baboons
Ruth Williams | Dec 5, 2018
Primates receiving heart transplants from genetically engineered pigs have survived more than six months, a new study reveals.
Deadly Swine Disease Spreads Among Pigs in China
Deadly Swine Disease Spreads Among Pigs in China
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 25, 2018
Tens of thousands of hogs are being slaughtered to stop its spread.
Lab-Grown Lungs Transplanted into Pigs
Lab-Grown Lungs Transplanted into Pigs
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 3, 2018
The lungs survived with no complications in the animals for up to two months.
The Superpowers of Genetically Modified Pigs
The Superpowers of Genetically Modified Pigs
Kerry Grens | Aug 1, 2018
Scientists have engineered swine that pollute less, fend off disease, and produce more meat, but you won’t find them outside experimental farms . . . yet.