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Animal transplants coming 'soon'

Posted on Monday, 24 October, 2011 | Comment icon 23 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Scientists may soon be able to cut down waiting times by using animal organs in human transplants.

While mechanical organs and stem cell research have dominated the limelight in recent years, the idea of using animal organs has never been discounted. There are still substantial difficulties to overcome however, with rejection of the foreign tissue a prime concern that has yet to be adequately resolved.

"Using animals as a source of organs for transplantation into humans was once one of medicine's next big things - a solution to transplant waiting lists."

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Comment icon #14 Posted by RavenEyes19 on 25 October, 2011, 3:16
I could agree with this if it was used in the same way as human donors - their organs are used in another body when the donor dies. I can (just about) live with myself knowing an animal has been born to feed me, but to know an animal will be bred to be slaughtered just for it's organs is beyond inhumane. I honestly don't see the difference. I find it hypocritical for meat eaters to be against this. Why is slaughtering an animal for food better than slaughtering it for its organs? What if a single animal was killed and the meat and organs were used for these two separate purposes? Would that be... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by Wyrdlight on 25 October, 2011, 6:47
We have been using Pig's hearts in transplants for at least a decade in the UK, this is old news.
Comment icon #16 Posted by FLOMBIE on 25 October, 2011, 10:18
Well, maybe a pig's heart valve, but not the full organ. That is not yet possible.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Atlantia on 25 October, 2011, 11:02
I wonder how many people (who are against this) would cave in and support or use this option if they had a child or other loved one in desperate need of an organ. Sorry but that's a non argument. Most people would do anything including sacrificing themselves or another person to save their own child. Doesn't make it a moral choice! This is just another examples of mankinds inhumanity. The more that we realise how closely related we are to our animal cousins the more we can exploit them.
Comment icon #18 Posted by FLOMBIE on 25 October, 2011, 11:56
What is 'inhuman' about this? That mankind eats and uses animals to our benefit has always been around, and is very much human.
Comment icon #19 Posted by jbefumo on 26 October, 2011, 17:33
Could give new meaning to the term "hung like a horse"... sign me up!
Comment icon #20 Posted by Dom3434 on 26 October, 2011, 22:47
We are playing tomuch "GOD" right now and we are going to get a big kick in the "***" when we realize What we did was wrong. Don't get me wrong here, saving lives is a great thing. Before we try to manipulate animal organs for our own. Lets try and fix the issues that are causing these problems. for example our eating habbits, pollution and just basic health as in exercise. then we can look into this type of science. stop trying to put a bandaid over an open wound people. I guess my rant is over now
Comment icon #21 Posted by minera on 29 October, 2011, 6:22
I honestly don't see the difference. I find it hypocritical for meat eaters to be against this. Why is slaughtering an animal for food better than slaughtering it for its organs? What if a single animal was killed and the meat and organs were used for these two separate purposes? Would that be okay then? I wonder how many people (who are against this) would cave in and support or use this option if they had a child or other loved one in desperate need of an organ. I have been on the transplant list for the past three years. Even if it was available I would not want an animal donor. In fact eve... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by RavenEyes19 on 1 November, 2011, 10:54
I have been on the transplant list for the past three years. Even if it was available I would not want an animal donor. In fact even a human donor makes me feel uncomfortable. Why? Because someone had to die to make that organ available. Also I see all the problems other post donor patients have. Getting an organ transplant is not necessary the end but usually the beginnings of other problems like kidney failure, rejection and haveing to be monitored closely for the rest of ones life, anti rejection drugs that destroy your immune system and you could die from a common cold. Extending my life i... [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by H.H. Holmes on 5 November, 2011, 4:51
Everyone knows that it is alright to eat a pig's heart, but to put it in one's body to stay alive is completely, absolutely, positively WRONG.


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