Growing Human Organs… in pigs

I read this article this morning, and it kinda bugged me out:

Scientists have found they can create chimeric animals that have organs belonging to another species by injecting stem cells into the embryo of another species.

The researchers say the technique could allow pigs to grow human organs from patient’s stem cells for use as transplants.

By using a patient’s own stem cells it could help to reduce the risk of the transplanted organ being rejected while also providing a plentiful supply of donor organs.

Current organ shortages mean that patients must endure long waiting lists for transplants.  (Click here to read the full article on this research)

Now, this is all well and good for people on transplant waiting lists, but I wonder about whether or not I’d want this pig grown organ.  Besides ethical issues, it just sounds kinda nasty.  All in all, this could be a major breakthrough, years in the making.  Now, just wait til the church gets a hold of this.


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Posted: June 21st, 2011
at 8:41am by Black Ock

Categories: grub,fo' real?,science,10th dan,health

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