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ave been exposed to pig cells and tissues do have pig DNA circulating in their blood,” says Fano, “And that means they most certainly have pig viruses in their blood as well.” It’s these viruses that concern her most. “We’re talking about putting the entire population at risk from a pig virus that could mutate and spread and kill lots of other people.” Biotech companies are working to eliminate that. They’re breeding pigs they say do not pass on the PERV virus --the one deemed most dangerous to humans.

While it may be too early for species to share organs, researchers continue their work -- hoping to give patients a second chance at life.

However lack of funding remains the main reason the research is going so slowly.

Researchers also say cloned pigs may play an important role in xenotransplantation and this is even mre controversial.


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