A horny pig, to which a team of researchers from the University of Granada (UGR) has extracted their cells to replace them with stem cells from human beings, has become the first bioartificial organ created in Spain.

The method used by these experts of the UGR is known as decellularization and recellularization, and manages to maintain the basic structure of the cornea, replacing the cellular components of the cornea.

The research work that has resulted in the development of the cornea has been published in 'Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science'.

The scientists who have developed this body are currently promoting the creation of a Tissue Engineering Institute in Granada, which is still in the study phase, although they expect the authorities to provide them with the same aids that a laboratory for preparing bioartificial organs has received. that has been recently created in the Gregorio Marañón Hospital in Madrid, and in which they will carry out research similar to the one that the Granada team has already carried out.


Artificial Cornea Transplantation (November 2019).