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Molecular Biotechnology

pp 1–10

First Online: 11 July 2017


The growing shortage of available organs is a major problem in transplantology. Thus, new and alternative sources of organs need to be found. One promising solution could be xenotransplantation, i.e., the use of animal cells, tissues and organs. The domestic pig is the optimum donor for such transplants. However, xenogeneic transplantation from pigs to humans involves high immune incompatibility and a complex rejection process. The rapid development of genetic engineering techniques enables genome modifications in pigs that reduce the cross-species immune barrier.

KeywordsTransgenic pigs Genetic engineering Xenotransplantation Genetically modified pigs Genome modifications  Download fulltext PDF

Autor: Magdalena Hryhorowicz - Joanna Zeyland - Ryszard Słomski - Daniel Lipiński


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