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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