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Scientists: will be able to transplant the organs of animals to humans

March 12 2007

Specialists of the Russian Research Institute of Transplantation and Artificial Organs (Moscow) exploring the possibility of transplanting organs from animals to humans, cloning organs and the creation of hybrid organs, said on Monday the director of the Institute Valery Shumakov.

"We are currently working on the possibility of xenotransplantation - transplanting organs from animals to humans. In addition, we study the possibility of cloning organs and creating hybrid organs. But we have not received a definitive result, the details of these studies, we can not disclose" - Shumakov said at a press conference in Moscow, on 20-th anniversary of the first transplant donor hearts.

March 12, 1987 in the USSR carried out its first operation to transplant an artificial heart. The first patient lived with an artificial heart, 8,5 years and died from the reaction of rejection of an artificial heart. "This, unfortunately, happens. Not every human body can take implanted organ" - said Shumakov.

To date, he said, since the first operation at the institute performed 120 heart transplants, one of whom was even re-(re-operation for a heart transplant).

"The maximum period of observation the patient after implantation of his artificial heart was 17 years old. Now we have one patient who is under observation after operation for 15 years already. I also want to note that since 2003 at our institute was performed more than 200 operations patients with chronic heart failure ", - said Shumakov.

According to him, "unfortunately, heart transplants so far made only in Moscow." "Recently, in Yekaterinburg conducted a successful operation for a heart transplant, but this is only the beginning," - noted the director of the Institute of Transplantation and Artificial Organs.

The main problems of today's domestic Transplantation he called the problem of underfunding and a shortage of personnel. "In Russia, there is only one department of transplantation on the basis of our institution," - said Shumakov.

He also added that transplant operations, which are held at the Research Institute of Transplantation and Artificial Organs, "for the citizens of Russia free, and for foreign citizens - paid." Informs RIA Novosti.

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