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Father Tad and Drew Mariani discuss the ethics of pig organ transplants into humans. What about the risk of pig viral transfer? Have sufficient animal studies been carried out ahead of attempting a human transplant? Father Tad reviews some of the previous work in pig to baboon transplants, and discusses the fact that many people are on the kidney transplant waiting list, with about 17 people dying on the waiting list in the U.S. each day. They also discuss the use of CRISPR to modify the DNA of pig kidneys, and discuss the ethics around the expanding field of human artificial chromosomes.

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