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Pig-to-Human Transplants Could Be Closer Than You Think
PopSci ^ | 10.21.2011 at 3:10 pm | Dan Nosowitz

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 ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: convertmuslims; diseases; medicalresearch; pighuman; transgenic; transplants; xenotransplantation

The researchers have already managed to produce pigs
that were able to generate human blood by injecting blood stem
cells from humans into pig foetuses Photo: ALAMY

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.


1 posted on 10/22/2011 9:29:10 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

Have fun muzzies...!!! Oink! Oink..! ^_^


2 posted on 10/22/2011 9:30:33 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: fight_truth_decay

Good news for Muslims.


3 posted on 10/22/2011 9:31:30 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: dragonblustar

Probably is. They get human transplants, YOU (we) get stuck with the pig ones.


4 posted on 10/22/2011 9:32:51 PM PDT by Avery Iota Kracker (He Hate Me Uns)
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To: dragonblustar

good news for muslims with esophageal cancer. The lower intestinal tract of a swine matches up perfectly with a human esophagus. Bon Apetit!


5 posted on 10/22/2011 9:34:03 PM PDT by Osamabindead
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To: fight_truth_decay
This is nothing considering that back in 2008, they successfully grafted a horse's ass to a man and elected it POTUS.
6 posted on 10/22/2011 9:39:28 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Human-to-Pig Transplants Could Be Closer Than You Think-

Lipstick on a Pig?


7 posted on 10/22/2011 9:39:56 PM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: fight_truth_decay
The Pig-Human barrier was breached some time ago.


8 posted on 10/22/2011 9:43:50 PM PDT by Iron Munro ('We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them.' -- Mitt Romney)
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To: Avery Iota Kracker

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.


9 posted on 10/22/2011 9:44:23 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: gaijin

If I get one, Maybe I will get that fact tattoed on me somewhere easy to see. I will fly safer I bet.


10 posted on 10/22/2011 9:51:14 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: fight_truth_decay

You bet- I mean, look at Hilary Clinton.


11 posted on 10/22/2011 9:56:56 PM PDT by 4buttons
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To: gaijin
the pigs we’re talking about will be specifically raised to donate

And then.......

BOB-AU-QUE!!

12 posted on 10/22/2011 10:05:42 PM PDT by TherealMr.B (We're tired of your experiments. We're Americans, not some wierd third world country)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Placemarker to read in the morning


13 posted on 10/22/2011 10:05:51 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: 4buttons

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 Parkinson’s disease. Those stricken with Parkinson’s 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

14 posted on 10/22/2011 10:07:33 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: gaijin
In 15 years any culture that has a problem with pigs is going to be in serious trouble —it’s inevitable.

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............

15 posted on 10/22/2011 10:08:39 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Iron Munro
:)

Here's one more for you:


16 posted on 10/22/2011 10:10:11 PM PDT by ElectronVolt
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To: Iron Munro
I love the poster of that pic I saw.

Caption read:
Bestiality or homosexuality, you make the call...........

17 posted on 10/22/2011 10:19:29 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: gaijin

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.


18 posted on 10/22/2011 10:23:29 PM PDT by Avery Iota Kracker (He Hate Me Uns)
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To: fight_truth_decay

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............


19 posted on 10/22/2011 10:24:08 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: fight_truth_decay

Guess this wont go over too well with Muslims and Jews, eh?


20 posted on 10/22/2011 10:33:22 PM PDT by Soothesayer9
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To: fight_truth_decay
I could have sworn that transplanting heart valves from pigs to humans has been a common practice for at least 35 years.

Guess I could be wrong but I don't think the people I know that have had the procedure would lie to me though.

21 posted on 10/22/2011 10:37:59 PM PDT by R_Kangel (`.`)
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To: R_Kangel

http://inventorspot.com/articles/humans_may_receive_organ_transpl_6900

Ur correct. Valves are. Organs the future...


22 posted on 10/22/2011 10:45:06 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

I do pig to human transplants all the time. It’s called a BLT.


23 posted on 10/22/2011 11:09:08 PM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: doorgunner69

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.


24 posted on 10/22/2011 11:34:58 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Hmmm...I’d’ve diagnosed Popeye and Eeyore with acromegaly and clinical depression, respectively.


25 posted on 10/22/2011 11:38:29 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: All

26 posted on 10/23/2011 12:06:31 AM PDT by onyx (You're here on FR, so support it! Compiling New Sarah Ping List. Let me know if you want on it.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

This would be weird


27 posted on 10/23/2011 1:09:17 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: Vigilanteman

Pig to human transplants? Nothing new, just look at Congress and the way they spend money. Their entire insides must be pig.


28 posted on 10/23/2011 1:24:37 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: R_Kangel
I could have sworn that transplanting heart valves from pigs to humans has been a common practice for at least 35 years.

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.

29 posted on 10/23/2011 3:36:04 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am ~Person~ as created by the Law of Nature, not a 'person' as created by the laws of Man)
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To: MamaTexan

Which did she choose?


30 posted on 10/23/2011 4:05:08 AM PDT by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: Netizen
Mechanical. It was rated to last much longer than the pig valve.

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.

31 posted on 10/23/2011 4:13:52 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am ~Person~ as created by the Law of Nature, not a 'person' as created by the laws of Man)
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To: MamaTexan

LOL Do you know if there if there was a big price difference?


32 posted on 10/23/2011 4:19:33 AM PDT by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Only problem with a pig to human conea transplant, any body thats hunted them can tell ya “pigs can’t see for chit”.


33 posted on 10/23/2011 4:20:31 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Netizen
Sorry, I have no idea..... I was a clueless teenager at the time.

I only remember her being totally aghast at the bill. Valve, surgery, hospital stay and all, it was about $50,000.

34 posted on 10/23/2011 4:29:17 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am ~Person~ as created by the Law of Nature, not a 'person' as created by the laws of Man)
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To: MamaTexan

I just wondered, considering the mechanical lasted longer, why bother with the pig valve?


35 posted on 10/23/2011 4:31:16 AM PDT by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: Netizen
Good question. I guess some people have an aversion to mechanical enhancements. I just remember her saying that the doctor told her pig valves had a higher rejection rate and usually lasted about 10 years max.

That was way-back-when, though. Things may have changed by now.

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Do you [or someone close to you] need valve replacement?

36 posted on 10/23/2011 4:38:03 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am ~Person~ as created by the Law of Nature, not a 'person' as created by the laws of Man)
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To: MamaTexan

No, just found it interesting.


37 posted on 10/23/2011 4:49:02 AM PDT by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: Netizen
LOL! Glad you weren't asking because you needed one.

You sound like me, though.

When I find something interesting, I always want to know MORE!

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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.

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Guess you're a member, too. :-)

38 posted on 10/23/2011 5:22:56 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am ~Person~ as created by the Law of Nature, not a 'person' as created by the laws of Man)
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To: Iron Munro


39 posted on 10/23/2011 5:23:43 AM PDT by Dem Guard (Obama's 57 States = The Organization of The Islamic Conference (OIC).)
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To: fight_truth_decay; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; ...
Hey, frog have know this... for years!

And we are still paying... for it dearly!

According to this, plain old pig... good as long pig!

40 posted on 10/23/2011 5:46:53 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Netizen

The reason would be that a pig valve does not require the use of blood thinners that a mechanical valve does.


41 posted on 10/23/2011 6:54:50 AM PDT by bassyak (Yakkin' all the way to the fish.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Sorry to burst the bubble, but we have been transplanting ‘pig parts’ into humans for forty years


42 posted on 10/23/2011 9:50:46 AM PDT by STD (Cut Taxes, Cut Spending Stupid!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Paging Henry Waxman, Rep. Waxman please pick up the pink courtesy phone.


43 posted on 10/23/2011 9:55:50 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
pig-to-human transplants

It brings new meaning to the phrase, "That's a real porker!"

44 posted on 10/23/2011 10:09:43 AM PDT by Sarajevo (Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?)
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To: MamaTexan

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


45 posted on 10/23/2011 2:16:11 PM PDT by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: Dem Guard

Looks like the top pig went to the surgeon and asked for a jaw like O’Donnel.


46 posted on 10/23/2011 2:17:35 PM PDT by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: bassyak
The reason would be that a pig valve does not require the use of blood thinners that a mechanical valve does.

Ohhh, ok. Thanks for the info. :)

47 posted on 10/23/2011 2:20:11 PM PDT by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: STD

That was addressed earlier..thanks


48 posted on 10/23/2011 3:07:12 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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