Animals

Pigs are the next organ donors

Pig
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Some 20 people die every day waiting for organ transplants, and many improvements to our daily lives — like safer cars and longer life expectancy — will likely make that problem worse.

Driving the news: But scientists are pushing hard toward a solution: Genetically modified and wildly inbred pigs. "Pigs have been quietly insinuating their way into our bodies for some time now," the New York Times Magazine writes in an in-depth profile of the scientists working to engineer pig organs into a suitable replacement for human ones.

Volunteer group reunites pets with their owners after California wildfires

A fireman carrying a dog
A fireman carrying a dog. Photo: Irfan Khan/The Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Three of the largest wildfires to ever hit California all were burning at the same time earlier this year, but that wasn't enough to keep some pets away from their owners for long.

The details: Though some families and pets were separated by the fires, many were lucky enough to find their way back to each other mostly thanks to the Carr Fire Pet Rescue and Reunification volunteers, Amanda Lee Myers of the Associated Press writes.

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