First pig-to-human kidney transplant performed

A Boston medical team successfully transplanted the organ from a genetically edited pig.
Australian Associated Press
Surgeons performing the transplant. Photo: Massachusetts General Hospital.

A 62-year-old man with end-stage renal disease has become the first human to receive a new kidney from a genetically modified pig, US doctors have announced.

The patient, Richard Slayman, was recovering well following the four-hour surgery, performed on 16 March by surgeons from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.