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VICE: UMSOM's Dr. Muhammad Mohiuddin discusses his Muslim faith and use of pigs for his research. 
STAT: UMSOM's Dr. Muhammad Mohiuddin comments on state of research underway to investigate genetically-modified pig organs for xenotransplant. 
Wall Street Journal: UMSOM's Dr. Muhammad Mohiuddin comments on new research on transplant of pig kidney into brain dead donor. 

New York Times: UMSOM's Dr. Muhammad Mohiuddin comments on new research on transplant of pig kidney into brain dead donor.

New York Times 

BBC: Three ethical issues around pig heart transplants


Popular Science: On Monday, the UMSOM team reported that they completed the eight-hour procedure, making David Bennett the first human to successfully receive a pig’s heart.


PBS Newshour: Doctors at UMSOM say the transplant showed that a heart from a genetically modified animal can function in the human body without immediate rejection.

PBS NewsHour

Chicago Tribune: In a medical first, UMSOM’s doctors transplanted a pig heart into a patient in a last-ditch effort to save his life.

Chicago Tribune

Los Angeles Times: UMSOM's Dr. Bartley Griffith, who performed the surgery, said the patient’s condition — heart failure and an irregular heartbeat — made him ineligible for a human heart transplant or a heart pump.

Los Angeles Times

CBC (Canada): While it's too soon to know if the operation really will work, the surgery marks a step in the decades-long quest to one day use animal organs for life-saving transplants.

CBC News 

ARS Technica: The surgery was authorized by the FDA under its "compassionate use" program, which allows patients facing life-threatening illnesses to receive investigational treatments that haven't gone through rigorous clinical testing yet.

ARS Technica

NewScientist: “This is a great step forward – you can compare it with the first landing on the moon,” says Joachim Denner at the Free University of Berlin.


Nature: First pig-to-human heart transplant: what can scientists learn?


The Korea Times: When will Korea see its first xenotransplantation surgery?


VICE: Sometimes, what’s taboo and controversial is exactly what can save human lives.


ABC Australia: Pig heart transplants: ethics, regulations and why we shouldn't expect to see them in Australia soon


Alarabiya News: Islamic teaching tells us animal organ transplants to humans are permissible


Good Morning America: Family speaks out after man receives pig heart in 1st of kind transplant

Good Morning America

Associated Press: UMSOM's Dr. Muhammad Mohiuddin and Dr. Bartley Griffith discuss the first pig heart transplant they performed.

New York Times

BBC: UMSOM’s Dr. Christine Lau discusses the first pig heart transplant.

New York Times

Reuters: UMSOM’s Dr. Bartley Griffith and Dr. Muhammad Mohiuddin discuss the breakthrough pig heart transplant.

New York Times

USA Today: UMSOM's Dr. Bartley Griffith discusses his conversation with his patient in the first-ever pig-to-human heart transplant.

New York Times

CBS Evening News with Nora O’Donnell: Doctors transplant pig heart into a patient for first time.

New York Times

CNN: UMSOM's Dr. Bartley Griffith mentions that pig hearts may be able to alleviate the shortage of donor organs.

New York Times

Washington Post: UMSOM's Dr. Bartley Griffith discusses the first genetically-modified pig heart transplant.

Washington Post

Good Morning America: Correspondents discuss the science behind the first genetically-modified pig heart transplant.

New York Times

STAT: Megan Molteni writes about the ethical implications of the pig heart transplant.

New York Times

Wall Street Journal: Pig-Heart Transplant Jolts Doctors Confronting Lack of Organ Donors.

New York Times

Smithsonian: Man Receives First Heart from a Gene-Edited Pig.

New York Times

Fox News Channel: Man gets genetically altered pig's heart transplant in first-of-its-kind procedure.

FOX News

New York Times: In a First, Man Receives a Heart from a Genetically Altered Pig.

New York Times

ABC News Australia: Surgeons transplant genetically modified pig's heart into human patient for first time.

New York Times

Times of India: Indian doctor who performed early xenotransplants responds to the latest advancement.

New York Times

U.S. News & World Report: Pig heart recipient continues to recover from transplant

New York Times

Bloomberg News: First ever pig-heart transplant boosts shares of Swedish medtech.

New York Times

NPR: Doctors transplant a genetically modified pig heart into a human for the 1st time.

New York Times

Economist: The first successful pig-to-human heart transplant has been performed that may lead to a new approach to organ transplantation.

New York Times

CNBC: “If this works, there will be an endless supply of these organs for patients who are suffering,” said Dr. UMSOM's Muhammad Mohiuddin.

New York Times

TIME: In a medical first, doctors transplanted a pig heart into a patient in a last-ditch effort to save his life and he's doing well three days after the experimental surgery.

New York Times

CBS Mornings: Human patient receives pig heart in first-of-its-kind transplant.

New York Times

CTV News (Canada): With no other options available, a pig heart was successfully transplanted into a human.

New York Times

NBC News: UMSOM’s Dr. Bartley Griffith, the operating physician, on Monday described the transplant as a "breakthrough surgery."

New York Times

WebMD: “We are proceeding cautiously, but we are also optimistic that this first-in-the-world surgery will provide an important new option for patients in the future,” said UMSOM's Dr. Bartley Griffith.

New York Times

Science: Here’s how scientists pulled off the first pig-to-human heart transplant involving genetic engineering, an experimental drug, and cocaine

Science Magazine

USA Today: 'The new heart is still a rock star': Man doing well after receiving first heart from gene-edited pig

USA Today

Wall Street Journal: Saved by a Pig’s Heart and by the creativity and innovation of U.S. medical care

Wall Street Journal