Skip to comments.Pig-to-Human Transplants Could Be Closer Than You Think
Posted on 10/22/2011 9:29:06 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
Two scientists at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh discussed the state of xenotransplantation--the use of cells, organs, or tissue from one animal in another--in a review in The Lancet. In that review, they touch on the history of one particular subject: pig-to-human transplants. Their conclusion? Clinical trials of pig-to-human transplants could begin in just a few years.
Pigs that are genetically modified with genes to protect their organs and other inside bits from attack by the human immune system are capable of all kinds of potentially life-saving effects. Research has been conducted until now with non-human primates, and while these primates have not been able to survive for all that long with pig organs--at best, a pig heart-implanted primate survives for around eight months--that could be enough time to serve as temporary lifesavers. Cells and tissue could be used to counteract human diseases like diabetes (as in this example) and Parkinson's, and have actually shown more success than complete organs.
The paper concludes by saying:
(Excerpt) Read more at popsci.com ...
The Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration in Pittsburgh wrote, "There is currently renewed interest in the possibility of using corneas from other species, especially pigs, for transplantation into humans.Current evidence indicates that the anatomical and biomechanical properties of human and pig corneas are similar. Since the cornea is an immune-privileged tissue, the human immune response to corneal cells may be less pronounced than to other cells.
Have fun muzzies...!!! Oink! Oink..! ^_^
Good news for Muslims.
Probably is. They get human transplants, YOU (we) get stuck with the pig ones.
good news for muslims with esophageal cancer. The lower intestinal tract of a swine matches up perfectly with a human esophagus. Bon Apetit!
Human-to-Pig Transplants Could Be Closer Than You Think-
Lipstick on a Pig?
The Pig-Human barrier was breached some time ago.
If we get the pig ones, then in fact we’ll come out ahead: tissue rejection arises owing to cell-surface epitopes (like keyholes to a key) which say, “Hi I’m a NON SELF cell” —that signal triggers attack by the imune system; it tries to repel the invader.
But the pigs we’re talking about will be engineered to lack those epitopes on the organ in question —if you get that pig organ your immune system will be FAR less likely to reject it in the way it might from a human, which *would* present those non-self epitopes (for that reason organ rejection drugs are required for life).
Already pig organs are close to human organs, and very soon they will be indistinguishable.
Also the pigs we’re talking about will be specifically raised to donate, and so their diets are likely to be considerably cleaner than ordinary pigs, and even perhaps most humans today.
In 15 years any culture that has a problem with pigs is going to be in serious trouble —it’s inevitable.
If I get one, Maybe I will get that fact tattoed on me somewhere easy to see. I will fly safer I bet.
You bet- I mean, look at Hilary Clinton.
Placemarker to read in the morning
Even Disney knew back then with Porky, a stuttering pig.
Quote: "He has a trademark stutter that gets more pronounced as he gets agitated, which is guaranteed in any of his cartoon. Pending a medical examination, Porky would be a good candidate for a diagnosis of Parkinsons disease. Those stricken with Parkinsons tend to hold their stance as slightly bent at the knees and spine, with arms often akimbo. His rapid, barely intelligible speech and bent posture are known indicators of this disease."- Medical Afflictions of the Cartoon Characters Explained
I had to laugh at Yosemite Sam Senile Agitation on that site!! LOL
Looks grim for the usual muzzie countries, as well as Israel and much of NYC.
Now, as long as bacon still goes down nice, I would not care so much............
Here's one more for you:
Bestiality or homosexuality, you make the call...........
Good stuff to know. Thanks for the info.
I’ll have an order of head cheese and a side of pig’s feet— size 11 if you got ‘em.
Interesting that the diagnosis of Sylvester”s lisping is that it is a mental disorder. Also closely associated with homos, who fought viciously in the 70’s to redefine themselves as not disordered. You make the call............
Guess this wont go over too well with Muslims and Jews, eh?
Guess I could be wrong but I don't think the people I know that have had the procedure would lie to me though.
Ur correct. Valves are. Organs the future...
I do pig to human transplants all the time. It’s called a BLT.
Don’t worry about Israel - eating pork is verboten for Jews who keep Kosher, but pig-derived insulin and so forth is just fine. There’s nothing more holy than saving a human life.
Hmmm...I’d’ve diagnosed Popeye and Eeyore with acromegaly and clinical depression, respectively.
This would be weird
Pig to human transplants? Nothing new, just look at Congress and the way they spend money. Their entire insides must be pig.
I was thinking the same thing. My Mom had a valve replacement over 30 years ago and had to choose between a pig valve and a mechanical one.
Which did she choose?
On a humorous side note, the mechanical one audibly 'ticked' when her heart rate went up. We teased her about never being able to sneak up on us again.
LOL Do you know if there if there was a big price difference?
Only problem with a pig to human conea transplant, any body thats hunted them can tell ya “pigs can’t see for chit”.
I only remember her being totally aghast at the bill. Valve, surgery, hospital stay and all, it was about $50,000.
I just wondered, considering the mechanical lasted longer, why bother with the pig valve?
That was way-back-when, though. Things may have changed by now.
Do you [or someone close to you] need valve replacement?
No, just found it interesting.
You sound like me, though.
When I find something interesting, I always want to know MORE!
My daughters are the same. Since this trait has resulted in our knowing a bit about a wide variety of subjects, we often refer to ourselves as 'KOOK's.
Keepers Of the Odd Knowledge.
Guess you're a member, too. :-)
And we are still paying... for it dearly!
According to this, plain old pig... good as long pig!
The reason would be that a pig valve does not require the use of blood thinners that a mechanical valve does.
Sorry to burst the bubble, but we have been transplanting ‘pig parts’ into humans for forty years
Paging Henry Waxman, Rep. Waxman please pick up the pink courtesy phone.
It brings new meaning to the phrase, "That's a real porker!"
haha, oh yes. I’ll go looking for something online and get sidetracked by other interesting things and before I know it I have a dozen windows open and still haven’t found what I was originally looking for! lol
Looks like the top pig went to the surgeon and asked for a jaw like O’Donnel.
Ohhh, ok. Thanks for the info. :)
That was addressed earlier..thanks