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Organ-ic Pig Grant

German scientists have won a 10 million pound grant to carry out research in creating genetically modified pig organs to transfer to human beings.

The team at the Munich-based Ludwig-Maximilians-University say that the German government funding for the four-year project which will start on 1 July is aimed at allowing pig organs to save human life.

A spokesman for the university said: "There are not enough organ transplants available by using genetically modified organs this problem could be eradicated."

By genetically modifying pigs the team hope that they can produce organs which would not be rejected when transplanted into the human body.

In Germany alone 12,000 people are on a waiting list for donor organs and about 1,000 die every year because no appropriate donor organ is available.

German Herald





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