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TED Talks: Season 2018

2018x259 Luhan Yang: How to create a world where no one dies waiting for a transplant
TV-PG

  • 2018-09-13T06:00:00+02:00 on YouTube
  • 15 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary, Special Interest

For nearly half a century, scientists have been trying to create a process for transplanting animal organs into humans, a theoretical dream that could help the hundreds of thousands of people in need of a lifesaving transplant. But the risks, specifically of transmitting the PERV virus from pigs to humans, have always been too great, stalling research — until now. In a mind-blowing talk, geneticist Luhan Yang explains a breakthrough: using CRISPR, a technique for editing genes, she and her colleagues have created pigs that don't carry the virus, opening up the possibility of safely growing human-transplantable organs in pigs. Learn more about this cutting-edge science and how it could help solve the organ shortage crisis.

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