FV News: The first human-pig hybrid created by scientists

January 26, 2017 - SAN DIEGO, California, USA

The first human-pig chimera step toward custom organs.

The first successful human-animal hybrid embryo has been announced by an international team of scientists on Thursday, January 26, 2017.
These hybrids, known as chimeras, are controversial, but they could be key to the future of organ replacement by enabling human organs to be grown outside of human bodies and inside of animal ones. The scientists first experimented with growing mouse-rat hybrids, when a mouse pancreas grown in a rat was transplanted back into a mouse; the mouse was cured of diabetes as a result. The scientists then tried to create a rat-pig hybrid, but the effort failed due to the major genetic differences between the two species. Pigs proved to be the perfect match for humans, however, because the two species have similarly sized organs, making it more likely that a pig could grow functioning human organs.
The team, led by scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies located in La Jolla, San Diego, California, have reported their research in the journal "Cell".