Monkey gets pig heartJune 27th, 2012 - 9:10 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 27 (IANS) The heart of a genetically modified pig has been successfully transplanted into a monkey by scientists in South Korea, it was reported here.
It is the first time the country has claimed to have accomplished such an inter-species operation, Daily Mail reported.
Known as xenotransplantation, it is seen by some as a way to end the chronic shortage of human organs available for transplants.
Before the controversial procedure, conducted in Seoul, the cloned pig had its genes responsible for immune rejection removed.
The ultimate aim of such experimentation would be to put pig hearts and other swine organs into humans.
And the South Koreans believe this could become a commercially viable reality within five years, the newspaper added.
The first known transplant of a genetically engineered pig heart in a primate was performed in 1994.
But the possibility of animal-to-human operations has divided the medical ethics community.
- GM cloned piglets in China 'bring transplant hope for humans' - Mar 23, 2011
- Pig lungs could soon be transplanted into humans - Feb 04, 2010
- China cows produce milk like human breast milk - Jun 16, 2011
- Genetically modified 'sick pigs' created to cure human diseases - Jun 17, 2010
- Pigs' organs for human transplant possible in a decade - Nov 08, 2008
- World's first handmade cloned sheep produced in China - Apr 20, 2012
- La Nina may trigger flu pandemics: Study - Jan 17, 2012
- NGO appeals for ban on cloning farm animals - Jul 08, 2010
- Genetically engineered monkey could lead to Alzheimer's cure - Oct 31, 2010
- 'Grafting helps normalise heartbeats' - Aug 06, 2012
- Air India stops ferrying animals for labs - Sep 01, 2012
- Cause of fatal inflammation of the heart muscle found - Mar 30, 2011
- Language makes humans smarter than chimps - Feb 08, 2011
- Unique genetic adaptation helped our brain grow - Apr 13, 2012
- Low calorie diet doesn't add to longevity - Aug 31, 2012
Tags: aim, chronic shortage, controversial procedure, daily mail, genes, human operations, human organs, immune rejection, june 27, medical ethics, monkey, pig heart, pig hearts, primate, scientists, seoul, south korea, south koreans, transplants, xenotransplantation