In an effort to tackle the organ donor shortage, researchers in the United States have successfully created part-human, part-pig embryos and implanted them into a sow. Eventually, these animals could act as incubators for human organs, which concerns some ethicists.
Source: We’re One Step Closer to Growing Human Organs Inside of Pigs
To be clear: you can use your own cells in the pig chimera and get organs that are fully compatible with your own, genetically. While we hopefully figure out how to construct organs from scratch quickly and relatively cheaply, for the time being this is the best way to produce fully functional organs reliably.
This sort of thing used to be inconceivable… 😀
A team of surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic have performed the first uterus transplant in the United States. A 26-year-old woman underwent the nine-hour operation on Wednesday, setting the stage for a future pregnancy—and what might possibly become a routine procedure in US hospitals.
Source: First Uterus Transplant in US Offers Hope to Thousands of Infertile Women
C’mon, there’s worse puns like “Dr. OBGYN, at your cervix”. See! 🙂
For those reading this, thinking “All this just so she can experience being pregnant, instead of, you know, just adopting or using a surrogate.”…
Adopting a newborn is insanely expensive, and difficult. Rules around biological parents varies depending where you are, and there’s a lot of competition to get a newborn vs a child.
The temporary aspect is interesting too – it means surgery and all that entails, but apparently alleviates the need for anti-rejection drugs so there’s likely more to that than just cost. Which I bet doesn’t please pharmaceuticals…