Man's pig-cell implants still active 10 years on - New Scientist
"MICHAEL Helyer is a diabetic with a difference. Ten years ago he was implanted with pancreatic cells from pigs in the hope that they would restore his insulin production, so helping to control his blood glucose levels. Now, to the surprise of researchers who carried out the trial, not only are those pig cells still alive, but a few continue to produce insulin.
The finding is rekindling hopes that "xenotransplants" of tissue from pigs into humans may help combat diabetes and other human diseases. At present surgeons treating diabetes use insulin-producing human cells derived from dead donors, for which demand hugely outstrips supply. Pig cells could rapidly overcome the shortage."
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