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Interactive video lesson plan for: Should We Grow Human Organs In Pigs?

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An amazing new technology will let scientists grow new kidneys for patients using their own stem cells inside of pigs.

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FYI: We try to leave jargon out of our videos, but if you want to learn more about this topic, here are some keywords to get your googling started:
Organ transplantation - surgically transferring an organ from one person into another.
Xenotransplantation - transplanting organs between members of different species.
Transplant rejection - when the organ recipient’s immune system destroys transplanted tissue.
Pluripotent stem cells - embryonic cells that can give rise to all the different types of cells that make up the body.
CRISPR - a genome editing tool that allows scientists to modify genes in living cells.

Credits (and Twitter handles):
Script Writers: Rachel Becker (@Ra_Becks) & David Goldenberg (@dgoldenberg)
Script Editor: Emily Elert (@eelert)
Video Illustrator: Qingyang Chen
Video Director: Kate Yoshida (@KateYoshida)
Video Narrator: Kate Yoshida (@KateYoshida)
With Contributions From: Henry Reich, Alex Reich, Ever Salazar, Peter Reich, David Goldenberg
Music by: Nathaniel Schroeder:


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Ross, P. (2016). Personal Communication

Tushla, L. (2015). When a Transplant Fails. National Kidney Foundation. Retrieved from

Reardon, S. (2015) New life for pig-to-human transplants 527 (152-154). Retrieved from:

Nagashima, H., Matsunari, H. (2016). Growing human organs in pigs - A dream or reality? Theriogenology 86 (422-426). Retrieved from

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