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Animals could become human organ donors:

Animals could become human organ donors:

In a new study, scientists transplanted hearts from genetically engineered pigs into baboons whose immune systems had been suppressed, to prevent them from rejecting the transplants.

The transplanted hearts survived in their recipients for more than 500 days, the researchers reported April 28 at a meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery in Toronto. About 120,000 patients are waiting for organ transplants in the United States far more people than the number of human donors, said Dr. Muhammad Mohiuddin, chief of transplantation at the National Institutes of Health's National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

"If we do these transplants using nonhuman donors, we will be able to save most of these precious lives," Mohiuddin told Live Science. Transplanting organs from animals, known as xenotransplantation, could replace human organs completely, or provide a stopgap until a human organ becomes available.

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{Obviously its going to take a while before this sort of organ replacement can take place but its a very promising research project for the future. Its especially sad then the person who so desperately needs a transplant is a child. This could keep many people alive while they are waiting for an organ to become available. Even more exciting is the possibility of animal organs being used as permanent replacements. Some people may find it difficult to get their minds around the idea of having a pigs heart beating in their chest or a chimps kidneys replacing their own but it sure beats the alternative. Animal rights organizations may have a problem with it but just think of how many pigs must be slaughtered every year for their meat and how many of their hearts may end up as dog or cat food. It may seem unpleasant to contemplate but if an animals organ can save a human life I'm all for it. What about you?}

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5/1/2014, 6:26 pm Link to this post PM Noserose

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