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Could pigs produce human organs ?

Doctors can already build replacement body parts fashioned from a patient’s own stem cells, which are superior because the body is less likely to reject them. Stem cells have already been used to fashion skin grafts for burn victims, and more recently, a life-saving trachea to help a young girl breathe without the aid of a machine. But what about more complex organs, like the heart or lungs, with their intricate circuitries of blood vessels and muscles fibers? Where do we grow those?

Japanese scientists have an answer, and it’s equal parts utterly bizarre and fascinating. The country’s government has recently given researchers the go ahead to begin experimenting with human organs grown inside of the bellies of pigs.

Human organs, grown in pigs

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