George Church startup eGenesis rakes $100M to ramp up CRISPR pig organ transplants
The baby needed a heart and because there was no human one available they brought a baboon up from the basement. Specifically, a 7-month-old with a cardiac organ the size of a walnut who had been part of the surgeon Leonard Bailey’s lab and matched “Baby Fae” — as she became known — on several immune fronts. It was 1984. For 20 days the baby lived and word of a medical marvel spread. A new era of organ donation seemed possible.
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