posted on Dec, 17 2010 @ 05:13 AM
Russian authorities have approved the first xenotransplantation treatment – the implanting of animal cells into the human body – for sale in
that country, marking the first time such a treatment has been appoved anywhere. The type 1 diabetes treatment involves inserting insulin-producing
pig cells coated in seaweed into the human pancreas to replace native cells that have been depleted there.
Type 1 diabetes occurs when
insulin-producing cells in the pancreas are destroyed. As such, people suffering from the condition must inject insulin into their bloodstreams to
regulate their glucose levels, but doing so can cause swings in blood sugar that can lead to other complications. The Russian treatment replaces the
missing cells with pig cells that produce insulin inside the body, reducing the need for injections. The seaweed coating keeps the bodies immune
system from attacking the foreign animal cells.
Though approved in Russia, the treatment was developed by Living Cell Technologies in New Zealand.
In Russian trials, the treatment fared fairly well, exhibiting improvement in six of eight diabetes patients who were then able to reduce their daily
insulin injections. Two of them were able to cease injections entirely.
Well, shall we discuss religion or scientic aspects of this. Or rather maybe Ethics?
I can say, God did give us the ability to take care of ourselves so... There is the religious part for me. Good enough.
Ethically? I don't know. I guess as long as the patient isn't complaining, and lives etc. Guess the ethics arguement weighs little.
I don't know. I sure hope it isn't me that needs the procedure(s).
A very interesting comment at the bottom of the article. I think it is the first one. Brings up some excellent concerns.