A strain of pigs has been produced that has had certain genes removed from its DNA. These genes were responsible for producing proteins that caused strong human immune system responses when the organs were transplanted into a person. Now the organs can be placed in a patient, and the organs will not be rejected. However, these organs are still not widely used on patients who need organs. What is the main concern with using these xenotransplanted organs?

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    that genes from the pigs DNA will recombine with human DNAA
    that the organs may be okay right now, but later the body would figure out they are foreign and start to destroy them
    that a certain class of pig virus that can move into human tissues may cause unknown human diseases
    All of these are concerns.
asked May 19, 2013 in Biology by anonymous
    

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that a certain class of pig virus that can move into human tissues may cause unknown human diseases
answered May 20, 2013 by Bioshare ~Top Expert~ (34,070 points)

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