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Baboon Hearts, Head Transplants and Medical Science with Gary Petersen!

Stand-up Gary Petersen (@comedygaryp) joins host @daveciaccio to talk about pig hearts in baboons, lab-grown lungs in pigs, a frog that can regrow limbs and the Italian scientist who is planning to do a head (ok, body) transplant in China.

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Two surgeons in China developing a method to transplant a human head
Italian scientist Sergio Canavero and Chinese surgeon Xiaoping Ren are developing a plan to transplant a human head — right down to neck bolts and electricity.
Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero wants to carry out the first human head transplant operation and believes it could help people who have been paralyzed from the neck down to walk again.   (more...)
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Scientists Just Transplanted Lab-Grown Lungs into Pigs
Eventually, could all human organ transplants be lab-grown too?
Scientists from the University of Texas Medical Branch just successfully transplanted lab-grown lungs into pigs — an exciting development towards being able to bioengineer lungs for humans someday, too.   (more...)
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Scientists Got Adult Frogs to Regrow Limbs. It's a Step Toward Human 'Regeneration'
Scientists got African clawed frogs, similar to this one, to regrow limbs in the lab.
Millions of people live with amputated limbs that are gone forever. But that might not be the case in the future. For the first time, scientists have shown that adult frogs can regrow amputated legs. They say the approach can work in humans, too. “There is no reason that human bodies can’t regenerate,” said Tufts University biologist Michael Levin, who led the new research.   (more...)
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Baboons Survive for Half a Year after Heart Transplants from Pigs
The cross-species heart procedure brings human trials into view
In four adjacent enclosures transplantation researcher Bruno Reichart kept four happy baboons. “They can hop around, eat, drink and they are enjoying life,” he says. “They watch TV—their favorite is the cartoon with the chipmunk.” Most importantly, he says, they were healthy and normal—which is astonishing, given the fact that the hearts beating life in their chests were anything but normal for a baboon.   (more...)
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