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Farmers May Soon Produce Organs

Thu., May 30, 1996

Researchers are looking to the day when farm animals could provide organs to be transplanted into humans.

Scientists at the University of Missouri-Columbia hope to learn how to reprogram a pig’s genetic blueprint so that its organs would not be rejected by a human body. Such “transgenic” pigs can be bred in large numbers.

Scientists began work on transgenic pigs after receiving a $500,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Experiments have shown promise, but organ farming is still several years away, scientists say.



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