Franklin West and Emily Baker working with induced pluripotent stem cells Credit: Andrew Davis Tucker
University of Georgia associate professor Franklin West and Emily Baker working with induced pluripotent stem cells generated from a patient's own somatic cells.

New livestock model for stroke could speed drug discovery

Pig-derived medical products have long history of use in humans and have improved many patients' lives.

It is well-known in the medical field that the pig brain shares certain physiological and anatomical similarities with the human brain. The two are so similar that researchers at the University of Georgia's Regenerative Bioscience Center (RBC) have developed the first U.S. pig model for stroke treatments, which will provide essential preclinical data and speed the drug discovery process.

Pigs are often referred to by research teams as "the animals most like people," and pig-derived me

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