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Russian transplant organs will be transplanted to people animals

March 14 2007

Specialists of the Russian Research Institute of Transplantation and Artificial Organs, exploring the possibility of transplanting animal organs to humans, as well as the cloning of organs and the creation of hybrid organs. This was explained by Director of the Institute Valeri 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 the results, the details of these studies, we can not open", - said Shumakov.

Until recently, heart transplants were performed only in Moscow, but recently a successful heart transplant operation was conducted in Yekaterinburg.

Shumakov noted that in the U.S. every year 10,000 heart transplants, and in Russia of patients needing such operations, not less, than in America. "As long as we can keep in standby 10-20 patients, but in reality thousands of them," - said Shumakov.

The main problems of domestic transplantation, according to doctors, are under-funding and lack of personnel. "In Russia there is only one department of transplantation on the basis of our institution," - he said, RIA Novosti reports.

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