Medical research next up for Foods

By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

Smithfield Foods is looking to turn hogs into more than just ham and bacon.

Foods announced last week that it plans to use hog byproducts for medical uses, such as organ transplants and creating tissue to be used in humans.

Smithfield Bioscience will support a range of biotechnology solutions in areas of human therapeutics, tissue fabrication and regenerative medicine.

The company plans to collect pig hearts, kidneys and livers for study in making those organs compatible for human transplantation. 

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