The FDA agency approved the use of genetically modified animals for the second time in history (for the first time in 2015, genetically modified salmon were approved for consumption).

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of genetically modified pigs for therapeutic purposes (for treatment) and consumption. It is stated that the pig has been modified in such a way that it lacks sugar molecules that can cause allergic reactions in some people.

The FDA agency approved the use of genetically modified animals for the second time in history (for the first time in 2015, genetically modified salmon were approved for consumption).

GalSafe
Although the modified pig is called GalSafe, it is stated that the said pig was modified to lack sugar molecules called alpha-gal. Thus, for example, it is suggested that drugs such as heparin can be produced without alpha-gal sugar. Let us state that allergies to the substance called alpha-gal sugar are primarily caused by tick bites.

Let us add that xenotherapeutic cells, tissues, and ultimately organs, called XenoTherapeutics, can be obtained from pigs called GalSafe and that the resulting xenotherapeutics are currently in phase 1 clinical trials.

Although the FDA agency currently states that GalSafe pigs are safe for consumption, there is currently no study on whether an allergic reaction can be observed in humans.

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