Has there ever been a successful transplant of an animal species?



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    Are you talking about animal-to-animal transplantation or animal-to-human transplantation? Animal-to-human transplantation keeps on popping up while I was researching the answer to question.

    Animal-to-human transplantation is called xenotransplantation. The first successful organ transplant was in 1963. Chimpanzee kidneys were transplanted into 13 patients but only one patient survived more than nine months.

    The National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia decided to stop xenotransplantation for five years in 2004 due to risks but Russia recently approved a treatment for type 1 diabetes made from insulin-producing pig cells coated in seaweed. In Russian trials, eight people with type 1 diabetes started to receive treatment in June 2007 while continuing to have daily injections of insulin. After a year, six of the testers showed improved blood glucose control and had lowered their daily dose of insulin while one tester left the trial and the other showed no improvement.

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    Do you mean moving a species from one place to another to prevent extinction? I couldn’t find many examples of such a transplant (called “assisted migration”). One example is the gray wolf, which was moved from Canada to parts of the Western US. Right now, people are talking about assisted migration as a way to protect animals threatened by climate change. It seems to be under debate – in many places, there are regulations against releasing species not native to a place into the wild. A British professor of biology (see the first article below) wants to move such animals as the Iberian lynx and the Spanish Imperial eagle to Britain, but this plan is viewed as relatively radical.

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