How to create a world where no one dies waiting for a transplant | Luhan Yang
For nearly half a century, scientists have been trying to create a process for transplanting animal organs into humans, a theoretical dream that could help the hundreds of thousands of people in need of a lifesaving transplant.
But the risks, specifically of transmitting the PERV virus from pigs to humans, have always been too great, stalling research -- until now.
In a mind-blowing talk, geneticist Luhan Yang explains a breakthrough: using CRISPR, a technique for editing genes, she and her colleagues have created pigs that don't carry the virus, opening up the possibility of safely growing human-transplantable organs in pigs.
Learn more about this cutting-edge science and how it could help solve the organ shortage crisis.