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Man Gets Pig Kidney Transplant

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Our hosts discuss Jenny’s intrusive thought of whether eating this man’s pig kidney would be considered cannibalism.
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On March 16, Rick Slayman, 62, became the first human to receive a kidney transplant from a genetically-modified pig. Slayman, who had kidney failure, underwent the successful four-hour operation on Saturday at...
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A man in Massachusetts became the first human to receive a kidney
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transplant from a genetically modified pig.
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Wow. So 62 year old Rick Sleman who had kidney failure
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underwent the successful four hour operation on Saturday.
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At Massachusetts General Hospital,
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scientists are developing genetically engineered pigs to make more organs available for
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human transplants. While people often wait years for organ transplants,
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this could change that.
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So previously, doctors performed pig kidney transplants on two patients with
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no brain function. They also performed picked heart transplants on two
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other patients who died shortly after Sleman is recovering extremely well.
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In his case, he would have to wait 5 to 6
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years for a human kidney and his doctor said he would not
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have been able to survive it.
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The man's pig kidney was developed by Biotech company E Genesis.
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It at its genes with a technology called CRISPR so that animal
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organs become compatible with human bodies.
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So I'm like thinking like this organ that's inside this man,
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this pig kidney, if someone eats his pig kidney,
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is that still considered cannibalism?
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Because it was part of like like it was inside him.
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Wait a minute, it's,
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it's like half cannibalism because to get to the kidney there.
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Well, I don't know.
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That's a random thought.
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No. Like it really,
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it really, it would be a case by case scenario because
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could, it could be a mix of cannibalism or just being
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a meat lover? I don't know why that,
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that random thought just went in my head anyways,
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disregard what I just said.
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Hasn't. Yeah. Anyways,
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next story, that story is.