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Xenotransplantation Imagine that your closest relative is in need of an organ transplant. Would you be willing to give up one of your organs to save their life? Or would you make them wait for an organ donor? A new biotechnology called ‘Xenotransplantation’ is currently being used to solve this dilemma in order to save the lives of countless people around the world. Firstly, what is Xenotransplantation? Xenotransplantation is defined as the transfer of living cells, organs and tissues from one species to another. Today, we are growing genetically engineered pigs to provide organs to humans who need them. The diagram to the right shows the process of the organ transplant. Xenotransplantation offers many advantages.

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