Doctors in Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province, have successfully transplanted a genetically modified pig’s liver into a monkey, because… Well, mostly just to see if it could be done. The surgery proves that such xenotransplants (between two species) of entire organs are possible into primates, but the science is still far from human application.
China Daily covered the story as well, and reports:
Dou Kefeng, the team leader and a professor at the hospital, said the operation, the result of a four-year research project, was the first of its kind successfully performed in Asia. […]
On June 27, 2012, South Korean media reported that South Korean scientists had transplanted a heart and kidney from a cloned pig to two monkeys, which survived for 24 and 25 days after the operation. Similar experiments have been conducted in several countries, including the United States, Germany, Australia and Japan.
Dou might want to slightly rethink the whole “first of its kind in Asia” thing, as South Korea and Japan probably count. Nevertheless, the transplant-receiving macaque is still going strong several days post-op, and the surgery seems to have been a success.