Animal models got you puzzled?: think pig

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2011 Dec:1245:63-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2011.06345.x.


Swine are an excellent large animal model for human health and disease because their size and physiology are similar to humans, in particular, with respect to the skin, heart, gastrointestinal tract, and kidneys. In addition, the pig has many emerging technologies that will only enhance the development of the pig as the nonrodent biomedical model of choice.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Genetically Modified
  • Humans
  • Models, Animal*
  • Swine* / anatomy & histology
  • Swine* / genetics
  • Swine* / physiology