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GM pigs take step to being organ donors

GM pigs take step to being organ donors

Health
The most genetically modified animals in existence have been created to help end a shortage of organs for transplant, say US researchers. The scientists successfully rid 37 pigs of viruses hiding in their DNA, overcoming one of the big barriers to transplanting pig organs to people.The team at eGenesis admits preventing pig organs from being rejected by the human body remains a huge challenge But experts said it was a promising and exciting first step. The study, published in the journal Science, started with skin cells from a pig.Tests identified 25 Pervs - porcine endogenous retroviruses - hidden in the pig's genetic code.Experiments mixing human and pig cells together showed those viruses could escape to infect human tissues.But the researchers then used the game-changing gene-editing t...
Jose Mourinho admits Wayne Rooney's influence at Manchester United will be missed but backs Paul Pogba to step up

Jose Mourinho admits Wayne Rooney's influence at Manchester United will be missed but backs Paul Pogba to step up

Sports
Jose Mourinho will miss Wayne Rooney's influence around Manchester United, but has no doubt the likes of Paul Pogba will step up to lead the club into an exciting new era. After three largely drab years following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, the Portuguese was brought in to give the Old Trafford giants a much-needed shot in the arm.Mourinho was unable to launch a Premier League title tilt, stumbling home in sixth, but ended his first campaign with three trophies, having overseen Europa League, EFL Cup and Community Shield glory.That success bodes well for a new campaign that United approach without the man that skippered the side last term, with Rooney recently securing a return to boyhood club Everton after 13 years away.The captain grew frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities