Pig-tissue transplant to cure diabetes?

By Avera Latest Reply 2009-02-10 06:04:56 -0600
Started 2009-02-08 23:55:57 -0600

A very interesting article says researchers at the Mayo Clinic are just about ready to propose transplanting living pig tissue into humans.

After decades of research and debate about the ethics and safety of putting living animal tissue into people, the first of such clinical research trials are within sight.

What do you think of using pig-tissue in humans? Do you ask yourself “What’s next?”

9 replies

rbergman 2009-02-09 19:31:30 -0600 Report

I'd probably volunteer for the pig tissue but I'd feel a bit better about it if they could create a synthetic form of it that did the same job.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-02-09 15:33:22 -0600 Report

It does sound a little bit frightening. The safety issue is definitely concerning. Trading one disease for another is certainly no option.

But IF it is safe, of course we would be interested.

dj7110 2009-02-09 12:04:23 -0600 Report

I read about this also.. It apears it is going on in New Zealand. It is called xenotransplantation. Here is a link to a site I read about it on.. http://www.newstin.com/rel/us/en-010-006163259 there quite a few different sites pertaining to this procedure.. David

GabbyPA 2009-02-09 13:39:16 -0600 Report

I read a couple more articles off from that site and found this very interesting.

"Eight type-1 diabetics will receive injections of capsules containing insulin-producing cells from Auckland Island pigs, which are disease-free after living in isolation for 200 years.

An Auckland study in 1996 was aborted because of fears pig viruses could infect humans.

Patients in a Russian trial that started last June have been able to cut their insulin dependence between 25 and 100 per cent."
By RUTH HILL - The Dominion Post

That is some very intersting research. Promising for many people. Scary to be sure, but hopeful.

highlandcitygirl 2009-02-09 11:53:16 -0600 Report

well, i already know they use pig valves to replace bad heart valves in humans, they do better than artificial ones, but don't last as long.

GabbyPA 2009-02-09 09:21:15 -0600 Report

Would you post the article if it is from the web? Then I could read it. It sounds very interesting.
They say that pigs and humans run very close on the DNA scales and they already use pigs to create insulin, so I don't see this as being really all that different. I have heard (though I am not sure if it is a urban legend or not) that Baboon hearts have been considered for pediatric transplants.
It is not a whole lot different from when we used to think that we couldn't take blood from one race and put it into another. Medicine is always progressing, I suppose we just have to see if it is worth the contorversy.

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