This one was sent to me by James E. Morr. Thanks, James!

Click here to read the article in the The Telegraph.

Pigs could grow human organs in stem cell breakthrough

Human organs could be grown inside pigs for use in transplant operations following research using stem cells.

Well, if you read ANCESTOR you know how this turned out in Greenland ...

Scientists are working on an exciting new method for growing human organs inside of pigs. This concept takes the science in ANCESTOR a step further -- they aren't growing human-compatible organs in the animal, they are growing human organs in the animal.

They genetically engineer an animal so it can not grow particular internal organs. Then, they insert stem cells from the target species, and these stem cells grow into the missing organ, working normally inside the host animal. Whaaaa? Yeah, pretty fucked-up.

This is still pretty theoretical as far as my layman's knowledge goes. Even if they can grow organs for large animals, you're still looking at the obstacle of the immune response -- which is the primary reason we can't put pig hearts into people now. As I understand it, pig hearts will work, but our immune system beats the shit out of them (yes, that's a scientific term).

Fascinating stuff.

ANCESTOR by Scott Sigler

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So I sign up to tell you how

So I sign up to tell you how bad my cow nightmares are after reading Ancestor, and this is what I find?  I'm screwed...

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Dang!

Bad time to be a pig when they figure out how to regulate the immune system's response ... will there then be pig activists? OK not thinking about that ... but now feel like reading some more Ancestor chapters while it's still light out ...

I hear that my name will be mentioned in Nocturnal! Pre-order a copy TODAY!
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being a guy....

who has lived and worked on a farm thus having seen pregnant cows i must say ancestor has a far more realistic tone for me because if you hsave nevr seen a full on about to pop prego cow you just dont know how fucking big they really are and now science is bring us one more theoretical step closr to creating a real life ancestor....fuck

 

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A Flying Spoon, Podcaster, Wanna Be Fiction Writer, and Faithful Servant of The FDO
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Good! With all the alcohol i consumed this past weekend

I'm going to need a new Liver, Kidneys, Lungs and a Heart..........The extremely humble owner of "THE ROOKIE" #2487/3000

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Thanks...

now i have to sleep with the liights on... and a shotgun...

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i mean it was all good and fun when it was a little story, but now u bring science in on this... 

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MMMM Pulled...Wait a minute

Has anyone told these scientists that they are using the wrong animal? I may never be able to eat a pulled pork sandwhich again. And I am not happy with that.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Hotchman

Your Friendly Neighborhood Hotchman
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Now I'm going to be looking at Pigs funny too

I live in the country don't you know - they are everywhere!!!
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heart

my left ball comes from a ancestor and now i wont to eat my self out....lol...hahaha..

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I think I may become Jewish

Oh man, my diet is changing as we speak!

May barbarians invade your personal space!

May barbarians invade your personal space!
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???

I wonder if they have read the awsomeness that is ancestor lol. Scott did you have a part in this???

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Let there be pork!

My parents had the first lunar landing!!! People walked on the moon for the first time....(depending on your level of conspiracy theory paranoia) Sure i have the internet but is it wrong of me to also hope to live to see the ancestor breakout or zombie apocalypse?

"all I can do is read a book to stay awake... it rips my life away, but it's a great escape!"

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Yeah!

I love it when the FDO predicts the future!

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swEEt,,

Does this mean we might be able to grow bacon in humans? Could you imagine, a little incision and fresh bacon every morning!!!

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ewww

I think I was just a little sick in my mouth Sealed
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I hate it

When life mimics Sci-fi

 

"Old Earth Detroit Lions & D'Kow War Dogs for LIFE!"



"Old Earth Detroit Lions & D'Kow War Dogs for LIFE!"

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Unlimited supply of BaconStrips! yum yum yum yum yum

BaconStrips&

BaconStrips&

BaconStrips&

BaconStrips&

BaconStrips!

..........The extremely humble owner of "THE ROOKIE" #2487/3000.....NOCTURNAL (Rewrite) Byron Metz (as "Baldwin Metz," medical examiner for San Francisco police)

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No more shopping... Yeah!!

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Oops, GJ

Not my intentionn

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Bacon covered in blood and goo

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