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To: Bratch
Scientists plan to introduce a human stem cell into the embryo of an animal – most likely a pig – to create what is termed a "chimeric embryo" that can be implanted into an animal's womb.

That will then grow into a perfect human organ, a kidney or even a heart, as the host animal matures.

Sounds like a great plan.

A pig can easily carry a litter of 10 piglets. That means 10 organs per litter.

This could be a very profitable enterprise not counting the salable meat generated by the pig when slaughtered.

The only drawback I see is that ideally the stem cell for the organ would come from the end user. But often the organ recipient does not have the10 months to wait for an organ to mature in a pig.

But it will make things much easier for a great many people who can wait.

12 posted on 06/20/2013 8:12:09 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Pontiac

I think the plan was to make the cells without the protein surface markers, this way an organ can go into any person with out worrying about being rejected. This way you don’t grow organs for each individual person and there will always be a supply.


15 posted on 06/20/2013 8:22:32 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Pontiac

think diabetics like my son...

i can only hope and pray to God...

kg/nancy


21 posted on 06/20/2013 9:01:24 PM PDT by krunkygirl (force multiplier in effect...)
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To: Pontiac

My fiancee is in end stage kidney failure, so this is really positive news.


22 posted on 06/20/2013 9:07:21 PM PDT by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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