The pig as a source of cardiac xenografts.

  title={The pig as a source of cardiac xenografts.},
  author={James Z Appel and Leo H Buhler and David K C Cooper},
  journal={Journal of cardiac surgery},
  volume={16 5},
The inadequate availability of human donor hearts and other organs has inspired interest in the field of xenotransplantation. Historically, ten attempts to transplant animal hearts into human recipients have been reported. Those who received hearts from nonhuman primates (i.e., baboons and chimpanzees) survived rather longer than did those who received hearts from nonprimates (i.e., sheep and pigs). Nevertheless, current opinion is that the pig is the best candidate as a source of hearts for… CONTINUE READING

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