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Man 'recovering well' after pig kidney transplant.
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A 62-year-old man, Rick Slayman is said to be recovering well and should leave hospital soon, after getting a new kidney from a pig that was genetically modified to reduce the risk of the organ being rejected. US surgeons say Slayman is a "real hero" for trying the pioneering operation. The ultimate hope is to use animal organs for more transplants. Physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital, where the four-hour surgery was performed on 16 March, have reported that the patient’s condition is steadily improving since the surgery last weekend. The pig was genetically edited to remove genes that could be harmful to a human recipient and to add certain human genes to improve compatibility. Slayman is still taking anti-rejection drugs though, and it is not clear for how long his new kidney will function.

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