Posted on Monday, 24 October, 2011 | 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."