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originally posted by: theantediluvian
a reply to: lostbook
In this case they're talking about transplanting pancreatic islets which are the cells within the pancreas that produce insulin. I imagine the donor pig would be a gene knockout pig, engineered for this purpose. These aren't pigs that would be running wild, let alone picking up radiation around Fukushima so you can forget that right away.
Pigs have been the subject of xenotransplantation research for decades because they have similarly sized organs and because pigs are a domesticated food animal in most of the world.
For more information about pig to primate xenotransplantation, you might want to check out this thread I authored a week or so ago: Baboon Survives 945 Days With Genetically Modified Pig Heart Xenograft
originally posted by: InFriNiTee
The fact remains though - I shouldn't have to travel to another country to get this disease cured. The greed in the American Big-Pharma industry makes be sick!
originally posted by: lostbook
Pig to Human transplants? Really? There's no way I would want that. Scientists in Japan are really doing it however. I think it's a bad idea; especially since I saw a story about irradiated wild pigs around Fukushima. It brings another issue to mind for me.....Are humans and pigs that similiar that we can transplant organs? I thought we most closely resembled Chimps; why not transplant with them? It's a short video but I can't embed. Here's the link:
originally posted by: mamabeth
a reply to: lostbook
I would rather die then have a transplant from an animal.
In the case of the xenotransplantation of pig organs, this would be avoided as organs would be excised from a healthy pig under anesthesia.
Are humans and pigs that similiar that we can transplant organs? I thought we most closely resembled Chimps; why not transplant with them?