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Porcine Tissue Can Help Study Marfan Syndrome

Anterior Cruciate Ligament in x-ray view

Porcine post mortem tissues could be used to augment ATAA (ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm) studies in human normal and Marfan syndrome patients, according to research at the University of Western Ontario’s Department of Medical Biophysics.

In this study the human tissues had to be retrieved from human patients undergoing invasive bypass surgeries as well as from human cadavers. Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue, and can cause issues with a person’s heart, blood vessels, bones, joints, and eyes.

Because of the anatomical and physiological similarities of porcine to human aortic arteries, post mortem porcine tissue could be substituted experimentally for human tissue thus greatly reducing the time and expense of the research studies.

In the past, porcine tissue has also been used to repair rotator cuffs in human patients, and to regrow muscle tissue.

For over 30 years, Animal Biotech has helped the biomedical community with this sort of research by supplying it with high quality post mortem tissues, organs, and glands. Our team of experts also provides consultation to help obtain the best animal tissues for your research on your schedule. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you in your work.