GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Pig livers, hearts, and kidneys transplanted into our human bodies, without being rejected.
Sounds crazy, right?
Dale Kurschner of Twin Cities Business says Eden Prairie-based Miromatrix is working on commercializing this type of medical therapy.
It started with research at the University of Minnesota.
"Basically, they take all of the cells out of a pig liver, for example. And, they can put a human patient's blood into this organ and actually have it start operating again and function with the human's blood cells, therefore not being rejected because the human body sees it as human cells," Kurschner says.
This finding could change lives for the millions of people who need transplants.
"You won't have to be on a waiting list anymore. You won't have to find the right blood type. You won't have to worry about being on dialysis for a long period of time. You can literally go to the shelf and get a clean organ and install it in your body and it'll work," Kurschner says.
There's an animal trial using a small liver set for next summer. If all goes well, Kurschner says we could see the first human transplant in five to 10 years.
See how the U of M and Miromatrix teamed up for this revolutionary process, Thursday on KARE 11 Sunrise.