Signs of an Animal Virus Discovered in Man Who Received a Pig’s Heart

The patient showed no sign of rejecting the genetically modified organ, but suffered numerous complications.

#cytomegalovirus, #genetic-engineering, #maryland, #pigs, #surgery-and-surgeons, #transplants, #university-of-maryland, #your-feed-science

Supreme Court to Weigh California Law on Treatment of Pigs

Trade groups challenged the law, which requires adequate space for breeding pigs to turn around, saying it unfairly burdens out-of-state farmers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #american-farm-bureau-federation, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #california, #humane-society-of-the-united-states, #meat, #pigs, #pork, #referendums, #tyson-foods-inc

Two months after receiving a pig heart, transplant patient dies

Image of surgeons surrounding a patient.

Enlarge / The transplant team with the replacement heart. (credit: The transplant team with the replacement heart.)

On Wednesday, the University of Maryland Medical Center announced that David Bennett, the first human to receive a pig heart transplant, died on Tuesday, March 8. His death comes roughly two months after the transplant; the cause of death wasn’t specified.

The university’s statement is short on details, and those will be critical for understanding the prospects for future transplants of this sort. Bennett was in very poor health at the time of the transplant, with his heart requiring mechanical assistance to keep him alive, so there are many potential explanations for his death that have nothing to do with the transplant. All the university is revealing is that the organ was not immediately rejected by Bennett’s immune system and that his health had started declining several days prior to his death.

Understanding the causes of his death is critical because Bennett will not be the last human to receive a pig organ. Shortly after his transplant, a different group published results from an early clinical trial using hearts from the same genetically engineered pigs. In this case, the hearts were transplanted into brain-dead individuals rather than being used to keep someone alive, but the trial clearly represented a step toward normal transplants.

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#biology, #health, #heart-transplant, #medicine, #pigs, #science, #transplants, #xenotransplant

Patient in Groundbreaking Heart Transplant Dies

David Bennett Sr. had received a heart from a genetically modified pig, a procedure that may yet offer hope to millions of Americans needing transplants.

#genetic-engineering, #heart, #kidneys, #pigs, #surgery-and-surgeons, #transplants, #university-of-maryland-medical-center, #your-feed-science

One Huge Hog, One Long Day and a Nourishing Southern Tradition

At his farm in South Carolina, Marvin Ross is carrying on the ritual of hog slaughters, a disappearing staple of Black agrarian life.

#agriculture-and-farming, #black-people, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #peculiar-pig-farm-dorchester-sc, #pigs, #pork

The Rampaging Pigs of the San Francisco Bay Area

A proposed California law would make it easier to hunt feral swine, the voracious ‘super invaders’ that are the bane of some East Bay suburbs.

#agriculture-department, #alameda-calif, #hunting-and-trapping, #pigs

Kidneys From a Genetically Altered Pig Are Implanted in a Brain-Dead Patient

Surgeons at the University of Alabama at Birmingham said they hoped to start clinical trials with kidney patients later this year.

#american-journal-of-transplantation, #genetic-engineering, #kidneys, #pigs, #surgery-and-surgeons, #transplants, #university-of-alabama-at-birmingham, #your-feed-science

In a First, Man Receives a Heart From a Genetically Altered Pig

The breakthrough may lead one day to new supplies of animal organs for transplant into human patients.

#baltimore-md, #cloning, #genetic-engineering, #genetics-and-heredity, #heart, #kidneys, #pigs, #surgery-and-surgeons, #transplants, #university-of-maryland-medical-center, #your-feed-science

Business Groups Sue Over California Law They Say Could Keep Pork Off Plates

A 2018 ballot initiative creating minimum space requirements for livestock is set to go into effect on Jan. 1. Food industry interests are warning of possible shortages and price increases.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #pigs, #pork, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores

This little piggy doesn’t like heat and low barometric pressure

This little piggy doesn’t like heat and low barometric pressure

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Pigs have a long and illustrious history in North America. According to the University of Mississippi, they were initially introduced to the continent from Europe in the 1500s. In the 1900s, the Eurasian wild boar was also introduced. Over the years, escapee pigs and the introduced boars interbred, creating a nuisance: wild hogs.

These hogs have captured the imagination of the US. In 2019, a tweet asking a “[l]egit question for rural Americans” went viral. The question: “How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play[?]” There was even a TV show, called American Hoggers, about hunting these pigs, and it ran for four seasons starting in 2011. One of its stars, Dean Campbell, passed away over the summer. A small industry offering the experience of a lifetime—i.e. shooting hogs from a helicopter—also sprang up. If this seems somewhat macabre, it’s worth noting that feral pigs can cause $1.5 billion in damages in the US each year—though it’s hard to say if this makes using assault weaponry against them any less gruesome.

At any rate, new research suggests that by using temperature and terrain, we can anticipate where these hogs are more likely to trot as they continue expanding across the continent. According to Lindsay Clontz, one of the paper’s authors and a University of Georgia masters’ graduate in forestry and natural resources, this could help the US manage the damage more effectively.

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#diseases, #feral-pigs, #livestock, #pigs, #science, #weather

In a First, Surgeons Attached a Pig Kidney to a Human — and It Worked

A kidney grown in a genetically altered pig seemed to function normally, potentially a new source for desperately needed transplant organs.

#genetic-engineering, #kidneys, #new-york-university-langone-health, #organ-donation, #pigs, #research, #surgery-and-surgeons, #transplants, #your-feed-science

Britain’s Christmas Lament: Meat Shortages and Delivery Delays

Military personnel are driving transport trucks. Pig farmers may start culling their stock. Even the government says shortages will affect Christmas, as Britons brace for a challenging winter.

#butchers-and-butchering, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #european-union, #foreign-workers, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #labor-and-jobs, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #norfolk-england, #office-for-national-statistics-united-kingdom, #pigs, #politics-and-government, #shortages, #trucks-and-trucking

On This German Farm, Cows Are in Charge. Or at Least Coequals.

The cows don’t have to produce milk. The pigs sleep late. No animal on this former dairy farm serves a human need. Their only purpose is to live peacefully — and provoke questions about how we eat.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #butjadingen-germany, #cattle, #dairy-products, #germany, #hof-butenland-butjadingen-germany, #livestock, #milk, #pigs, #veganism

Roast Pig Statue in Rome Draws Animal Rights Protests

A new set of public artworks was supposed to pay tribute to the Italian capital, but a sculpture of a roasted pig has raised the hackles of animal rights groups and finnicky Romans.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #art, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #pigs, #rome-italy, #vegetarianism

Breathing Through the Rectum Saves Oxygen-Starved Mice and Pigs

Japanese scientists who studied an unusual method of delivering oxygen in mammals hope to one day try it in people.

#anus, #colon, #lungs, #medicine-and-health, #mice, #oxygen, #pigs, #rats, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

In Haifa, Israel, Wild Boars Encroach on Human Turf

Groups of boars have become an unavoidable presence in Haifa. Some human residents are charmed, but others are annoyed or frightened and now carry sticks on walks.

#animal-behavior, #haifa-israel, #israel, #pigs

Pig Painting May Be World’s Oldest Cave Art Yet, Archaeologists Say

The depiction of the animal on an Indonesian island is at least 45,500 years old, the researchers say.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #art, #caves-and-caverns, #indonesia, #pigs, #research, #science-advances-journal, #sulawesi-indonesia, #your-feed-science

‘Gunda’ Review: A Remarkable Pig’s-Eye View of the World

This astonishing documentary offers an intimate look at the lives of a sow, her rambunctious piglets, a one-legged chicken and a herd of cows.

#animals, #documentary-films-and-programs, #gunda-movie, #kossakovsky-viktor, #pigs

Pig Couch on Craigslist: The Full Story

We did find out where it is, though.

#cisco-systems-inc, #craigslist, #furniture, #pigs, #sourcefire-inc

Ancient Dog DNA Shows Early Spread Around the Globe

Research on fossil canine genomes is expanding and producing some surprises about the lives of dogs and humans in prehistoric times.

#anatolia, #dogs, #europe, #genetics-and-heredity, #paleontology, #pigs, #research, #science-journal, #wolves, #your-feed-science

Romans Want to Get Rid of Wild Boars, but Killing Them? That’s Another Matter

The euthanizing of a boar and her six piglets on a playground near the Vatican has aroused fury in Rome, a city that has long complained about the often aggressive animals.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #hunting-and-trapping, #italy, #pigs, #raggi-virginia-1978, #roads-and-traffic, #rome-italy

Scientists Synthesize Jawbones From Pig Fat

The bones are among the hardest to replace in the body. A trial of the new technique in humans is about to begin.

#animals, #bones, #clinical-trials, #columbia-university, #fat-tissue, #jaw-body-part, #liposuction, #pigs, #prostheses, #science-translational-medicine-journal, #stem-cells, #vunjak-novakovic-gordana

In Astounding Test, Scientists Revive Damaged Lungs for Transplant

Injured and unusable lungs were restored with respirators and pig blood. The procedure one day may increase the supply of organs for transplant.

#columbia-university, #deaths-fatalities, #lungs, #nature-medicine-journal, #new-york-university-langone-medical-center, #pigs, #surgery-and-surgeons, #tissue-human, #transplants, #united-states, #university-of-toronto, #ventilators-medical, #vunjak-novakovic-gordana

Scientists Say New Strain of Swine Flu Virus Is Spreading to Humans in China

A new study warns that the strain of H1N1, common on China’s pig farms since 2016, should be “urgently” controlled to avoid another pandemic.

#china, #pigs, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #swine-influenza

Meat Plant Closures Mean Pigs Are Gassed or Shot Instead

Coronavirus outbreaks at meatpacking plants have created a backlog of animals ready for slaughter but with nowhere to go. Farmers are having to cull them.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factory-farming, #iowa, #livestock, #meat, #midwestern-states-us, #minnesota, #pigs, #slaughterhouses, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts