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diabetes, pigs, & xenotransplantation

I know from spending time with the Bio scholarship students at Hamilton Girls High that xenotransplantation is an issue that some of you might have discussed. It seems that ERV is also interested - not surprising given her focus on endogenous retroviruses. In her latest post, she says:

Why the hell was I interested in pig organs? Well, pigs can be genetically engineered to be almost perfect organ donors for humans that need transplants. Perfect... except for the fact pigs have PERVs like humans have HERVs. Read on... it's good stuff :-)

There are some excellent links here, & the item even has a New Zealand touch, because she's talking about research by Prof Bob Elliott & his team up at Auckland University.

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