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UAB announces first clinical-grade transplant of gene-edited pig kidneys into brain-dead human

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine announces the first peer-reviewed research outlining the successful transplant of genetically modified, clinical-grade pig kidneys into a brain-dead human individual, replacing the recipient’s native kidneys. These positive results demonstrate how xenotransplantation could address the worldwide organ shortage crisis.

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UAB's transplant program is one of the busiest in the nation, performing kidney, liver, pancreas and islet cell transplants, and is recognized by many to be the leader in research, education and patient care.  Since 1968, UAB's transplant services have performed more than 17,000 organ transplants with more than 400 organs each year, which ranks the program among the nation's leaders in the number of transplants performed and patient outcomes.

The UAB transplant program offers a professional and experienced team of surgeons, physicians and support staff committed to providing patients comprehensive, compassionate care throughout the transplant process.