First Human-Pig Embryos

Chimeras could lead to animals with organs that can be transplanted into humans

January 27, 2017




The part-human, part-pig embryos, known as chimeras, are an attempt at providing transplant organs for the many individuals around the world who are in need.


The goal is to create pigs that could be used as an incubator to grow human organs with little to no adverse side effects. The pigs could lead normal lives, despite sheltering human organs.


While this research could have monumental effects for patients needing organ transplants, people still question if the practice is ethical or not. In fact, the US National Institutes of Health refuses to fund such experiments because of all of these unanswered ethical concerns.


Personally, I am hoping future 3D printed organ technology makes chimeras unnecessary.







Chimera (genetics) - encyclopedia


How to Grow Human Organs in a Pig - Scientific American


Human-pig 'chimera embryos' detailed - BBC


Human-Pig Hybrid Created in the Lab—Here Are the Facts - National Geographic


First human-pig chimera created in milestone study - The Guardian


First human-pig embryos made, then destroyed - CNN


First human-pig embryos open route to growing transplant organs in chimeras - The Sydney Morning Herald


Pig embryo hosts human cells - FOX News


First human-pig embryos have been made in lab, may carve path for transplants - USA Today


Is it ethical to grow human organs inside of pigs? - Newsweek


Despite challenges, human-pig chimeras could boost regenerative medicine - FierceBiotech







Image by Carole Raddato from FRANKFURT, Germany [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


Scientists Are Using Pigs As Incubators To Grow Human Organs - Futurism






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