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World News: First pig kidney transplant + production studio in space+ 19-year-old makes flight history Updated: 2022-01-21 17:07:52 KST

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For the first time, kidneys from a genetically modified pig have been successfully transplanted into a human.
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham successfully carried out the transplant in late September. The kidneys remained functional in the abdomen of a brain-dead man for 77 hours until they were removed. The results of the experiment were reported in the American Journal of Transplantation on Thursday.

The producers of an upcoming sci-fi movie starring Tom Cruise have announced plans to build a production studio in space.
On Thursday, UK-based studio, Space Entertainment Enterprise, said it plans to build the studio and a sports arena in collaboration with Axiom, a US-based space infrastructure developer.
Planned for completion in December 2024, the studio will be attached to the International Space Station.
In its press release, Space Entertainment Enterprise said the studio will also be available to individual content creators who want to film and livestream in space.

At the age of just 19, British-Belgian teenager Zara Rutherford became the youngest woman to fly solo around the world on Thursday, and the first person to do so in a microlight plane.
The trip, which took five-months, saw her fly some 51-thousand kilometers across five continents, before landing in Belgium.
And after months of flying, Rutherford was just happy to complete the journey.

"It's just really crazy, I haven't quite processed it I think. I mean, coming here I was basically in tears just trying to imagine what it would be like finally being home after five months. And even this flight wasn't easy so I'm just super happy."

The teen received her pilot's license in 2020, after training with her father since she was 14.
She now dreams of becoming an astronaut, and hopes her voyage will encourage more women in science, technology and aviation.
Lee Shi-hoo, Arirang News.
Reporter : slee@arirang.com
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