First Human-Pig Embryos

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

January 27, 2017

 

Chimera

 

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

 

 

Resources

 

Chimera (genetics) - encyclopedia

 

Hybrid zoo: Introducing pig–human embryos and a rat–mouse - Nature

 

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

 

Scientists take first steps to growing human organs in pigs - AP

 

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

 

Human-Pig Chimeras Suggest a Long Road to Organ Farming - Gizmodo India

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

References

 

Image by Carole Raddato from FRANKFURT, Germany [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

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

 

Xenotransplantation

 

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