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Powerful gene editing could make pigs perfect organ donors

from By Chelsea Adams

By modifying genes in pig embryos, scientists think they may have found a way to make pigs suitable organ donors for humans. Led by Harvard geneticist George Church, the work was presented recently at a meeting of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Church and his colleagues spoke about using gene-editing technology to inactivate 62 porcine endogenous retroviruses in pig embryos. Embedded in all pigs' genomes, the viruses cannot be treated once present in a human. more

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