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How to create a world where no one dies waiting for a transplant | Luhan Yang

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How to create a world where no one dies waiting for a transplant | Luhan Yang

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.

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