Monkey-pig plan to grow organs keeps failing

Monday, December 16, 2019
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

medical researchThe latest scientific experiment combining animal cells has been a flop.

China’s scientists took monkey cells and combined them with pig embryos to make what's called “chimeras.”

Dr. David Prentice of the Charlotte Lozier Institute says then they implant them in female pigs.

“And the thought is that then the monkey cells will go ahead and grow let's say a monkey liver, or a monkey heart, in the pig as the pig grows and develops,” Prentice explains. "So that after the pig is born, you could just transplant that monkey heart or, sometime in the future, maybe do it with human cells.”

It turned out to be monkey business because their science wasn't very good even after making 4,000 of these hybrid embryos.

Prentice

“They only got 10 little piglets born out of 4,000 initial tries and all of those died within a week,” Prentice tells OneNewsNow.

They also learned afterwards they did not get monkey organs in the pigs.

In the end, scientists want to grow human organs, for example in pigs, to produce organ transplants for humans.

Dr. Prentice says there are a huge number of problems with the science and the ethics of the experiments. He adds we already have adult stem cells, which can be obtained painlessly from living people, or umbilical cords, that have been treating serious illnesses and medical conditions, so far for well over two million people.

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