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The first pig-heart transplant patient was denied a human heart after failing to follow doctors' orders

David Bennett Sr (right) with his surgeon, Dr. Bartley Griffith, at University of Maryland Medical Center.University of Maryland School of Medicine The first pig-heart transplant went to a man who couldn't get on the waiting list for a human heart. Hospitals deemed the patient ineligible because he had previously failed to follow doctors' orders. These subjective criteria leave room for bias — and Black and Hispanic patients receive organs at lower rates. David Bennett Sr. became the ...
Tags: New York, Science, News, US, Trends, Ap, Hospitals, Heart Disease, Surgery, Heart, Baltimore, Stanford University, New York University, Bennett, Arthur Caplan, Griffith

The recipient of a historic pig-heart transplant stabbed a man years ago. Ethicists say criminal history shouldn't affect who gets live-saving organs.

David Bennet (right) with his surgeon, Dr. Bartley Griffith, at University of Maryland Medical Center.University of Maryland School of Medicine A man with a life-threatening heart condition received a heart from a genetically altered pig Friday. The patient in the historic procedure had been convicted of stabbing a man, according to The Washington Post. Criminal history shouldn't be a reason to deny anyone an organ transplant, medical ethicists say. In a groundbreaking eight-hour transpla...
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Ebola-Like Pig Illness Pops Up in Germany, Doesn't Pose a Threat to Humans

Health officials in Germany have reaffirmed that the virus behind African swine fever isn’t likely to endanger humans, even if they eat meat from infected animals. However, the reassurance comes in the wake of the virus recently being found on several pig farms within the country, a troubling development, since ASF…Read more...
Tags: Ebola, Science, Medicine, Germany, Environment, Assessment, Pandemics, Veterinary Medicine, Pig, Medical Specialties, Zoonoses, Animal Virology, Influenza A Virus Subtype H1n1, Classical Swine Fever, Asfarviridae, African Swine Fever Virus

Feral Hogs Pollute the Climate as Much as 1 Million Cars Each Year

Nearly two years ago, we all had a hearty laugh about 30 to 50 feral hogs. Turns out that all those pigs aren’t just a horribly invasive species, but they could be wreaking real havoc when it comes to climate change. According to a new study published Monday in Global Change Biology, wild pigs around the world are…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Environment, Livestock, Materials, Agriculture, Invasive Species, Soil, Carbon Dioxide, Christopher, Pig, Feral Pigs, Feral, Domestic Pig, Chemical Compounds, Nicholas Patton

Video Game-Playing Pigs Stretch Our Concepts of Animal Intelligence

The four pigs came to win. If they played the game well, they got delicious dog food (they used to get M&Ms, but the humans decided those were too sugary). Time and again, when prompted by researchers to complete a video game task—guiding a cursor with a joystick, a sort of rudimentary Pong—they did so with impressive…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Livestock, Pork, Guinea Pig, Mammals, Pig, Taxa, Subspecies, Domestic Pig, Miniature Pig

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