Pig Lung Transplants for Humans Move Closer
Ethicists object to creating human-animal hybrid
By Jane Yager, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2010 8:53 AM CST
Pigs lungs can now function with human blood flowing through them.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Animal organ transplants in humans are now a step closer to reality: Scientists have successfully combined animal lungs with human blood, keeping a pig lung alive and functioning as the blood flowed through it. “The blood went into the lungs without oxygen and came out with oxygen, which is the exact function of the lungs," a researcher tells the Daily Telegraph. The first pig-human transplant could happen within five years.

Previous attempts to combine pig lungs with human blood had failed because the blood formed clots. The scientists overcame this problem by removing a section of pig DNA and adding human DNA to the pigs as they were reared. A medical ethicist who objected to this process said, “It is basically a human-pig, a hybrid. ... It is about whether the community is prepared to accept a part human, part animal."

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Mar 1, 2010 6:42 PM CST
The elites are very strange people. They are, in many ways, worse than any horror movie. I sometimes wonder if they are fully human as you and I are.
Feb 5, 2010 8:17 AM CST
Then we'll have a food shortage because everyone will go crazy to kill pigs for organs or maybe we'll see an increase in H1N1. Can we just let God be God and live our lives until the day in which it's ordained to end? I'm almost sure this isn't a simple as it's being presented...THINK ABOUT IT.
Feb 5, 2010 4:58 AM CST
talk about pandoras box such great potential for good and ill