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Xenotransplantation – The Naked Scientists Podcast with George Church

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Amidst the aftermath of COVID-19 waiting lists continue to grow for those in need of an organ transplant, whilst simultaneously in an American surgery a man receives the heart of a pig. Animal donors may be the answer to our shortage of available organs, but the procedure isn’t quite ready to become common place. Take a trip down memory lane and embark on the journey of transplantation, where it began, where we are right now and what the future might look like in the next decade. Plus, catch up on chimps applying insects to their wounds, the current uses of facial recognition and how tech can aid those suffering with spinal cord injuries.

In the segment on retroviruses concealed in the DNA of pigs, listen to an interview with Wyss Core Faculty member George Church.

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