Ostriches May Improve Heart Bypass Surgery
Arteries from long, thin neck are the key
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2012 3:43 PM CST
Ostriches may someday play a key role in heart bypass surgery.   (AP Photo/dapd/Andreas ProstB)

(Newser) – Japanese researchers have used arteries from the long necks of ostriches to perform successful bypass surgery in pigs, reports AFP. In a few years, they hope to duplicate the feat with humans, reports the Asahi Shimbun. The researchers used the arteries to "construct artificial pathways" in the pigs, and they might prove more efficient than current substitutes, especially in terms of clotting. "Ostriches are good as they provide a stable supply of narrow and long vessels," says a scientist with Japan's National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center.

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Dec 9, 2012 12:31 PM CST
i eat one every day!
Dec 8, 2012 7:27 PM CST
Finish cleaning up your tsunami damage first, then start chopping up birds. Ever hear of Unit731?: In World War 2, prisoners of Japan were subjected to vivisection without anesthesia. Vivisections were performed on P.O.W.s after infecting them with various diseases. Scientists performed invasive surgery on prisoners, removing organs to study the effects of disease on the human body. These were conducted while the patients were alive because it was feared that the decomposition process would affect the results. The infected and vivisected prisoners included men, women, children, and infants.
Dec 8, 2012 5:45 PM CST
In a related story they also discovered that Republicans have nothing going into their heads. Dead from the neck up syndrome.