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[IP] pig transplants?
heh heh...please note my snide remarks inserted in caps...
Pig Study Eases Transplant Fears
.c The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The biggest study yet on the safety of transplanting body
parts from pigs into humans proved reassuring: None of the 160 patients
studied caught a worrisome pig virus. [THANK GOD - I WAS WORRIED ABOUT
GROWING A CURLY TAIL!!]
The study in Friday's edition of the journal Science could spur more
experiments using animals as potential organ donors. [DO THEY HAVE TO SIGN A
But scientists stressed this highly experimental field called
``xenotransplantation'' - transplanting organs or cells from one species to
another - still requires caution because the new study doesn't prove it's
safe. [I THOUGHT THEY HAD ALREADY DONE THIS WITH BABOON HEARTS!!!]
Doctors hope xenotransplantation will one day save thousands of lives by
easing a worldwide shortage of donated organs. But some scientists fear it
also could cause new epidemics. [AND WHAT ABOUT THE PIG RIGHTS ACTIVISTS???
COULD THIS CAUSE A SHORTAGE OF PIGS???]
Concern was heightened when researchers recently discovered the genes of all
pigs - the species most likely used in attempted xenotransplants - harbor a
previously unknown virus that test-tube experiments showed could infect human
cells. The virus didn't harm the pigs, but nobody knew if it would hurt
humans. [IT IS THAT GENE THAT MAKES THEM TASTE SO GOOD!!!]
So scientists at the British biotechnology company Imutran Ltd. tracked down
160 patients from eight countries who were experimentally treated with living
pig tissue, such as pancreatic cell transplants for diabetes. Using the most
rigorous viral testing available - and backed with confirmatory testing by
the U.S. government - Imutran scientists found no evidence these patients
were infected by the pig virus.
Still, scientists stress all xenotransplantation experiments - like those
currently implanting pig cells into Parkinson's disease patients' brains -
must be closely monitored.
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