The ability to engineer organs that bridge the gap between humans and animals, in this case pigs, opens up a world of possibilities for on demand organ transplants.
“A team of Israeli researchers have developed a hybrid organ – an organ from a pig with “human” blood vessels – that they believe could help alleviate the shortage of transplant organs.
“There have been many attempts to implant animal organs in humans but this has largely been unsuccessful, mostly due to acute rejections, explained Dr. Shahar Cohen of Beilinson Hospital, whose team developed the hybrid organ.
“The main trigger of an organ rejection is the internal lining of its blood vessels, he said. This coating is the point of contact between the transplanted organ and the recipient’s body.
“‘We looked for a way to produce an alternative coating that does not cause rejection,’ Cohen told The Jerusalem Post.
“The solution: Cohen’s team removed the coating from the pigs’ blood vessels and replaced it with a more ‘friendly’ coating to the human immune system that was engineered in the laboratory from human placenta cells, which, as far as is known, do not trigger rejection.”
This technique could go both ways and close the gap between human and animals to the potential point of successfully engineering kemonomimi, such as catgirls or piggie girls.