Four Breakthroughs That Led to the Pig Heart Transplant

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Taking organs from another species and making them work in humans is potentially a quantum leap in medicine. Here’s a summary of what got us there.

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The model tissues, barely a decade old, have become more clever and complex—and increasingly useful.

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