Interspecies transplant can be possible to grow human organs in animals to solve organ donor shortage.
Interspecies transplant can be possible to grow human organs in animals to solve organ donor shortage.

The medical profession calls it “a promising solution.” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) calls it “monstrous Frankenscience.”

Animal parts have long been used to help humans for many years. For example, pigs’ heart valves and other organs have been used as replacements for humans. Now, the role livestock can play in human health goes one step further. According to the Lawyer Herald in an article by James Ryan Morales, new research has concluded that one day, organ transplants can be made between animals and humans. In other words, it may be possible to grow a human organ within animals. Animal rights groups are furious at the possibility.

According to the article, a team from the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Tokyo, led by Hiromitsu Nakauchi, was successful in doing interspecies transplantation between rats and mice.

“Mouse pancreases were grown on rats to cure diabetes in mice,” the article said. “The same principle could make it possible to grow human organs on larger animals like sheep and pigs – and to extract them when necessary to be transplanted on humans.

The mice were given transplanted pancreatic tissue from rats, then given immunosuppressive drugs for a few days to stop their bodies from rejecting foreign matter. After a year since the transplant, the diabetic mice were able to normalize their blood glucose levels - thus making the experiment a success.

The study offers a promising solution for the steadily increasing demand for organ transplants all over the world, the article said, noting there are 76,000 cases in the U.S. alone.

As expected, PETA is enraged with the research and the potential use of animals in this manner. The group feels money used for this kind of research “should have been spent on non-animal science and education. One can’t help wonder if they’d feel the same way if a loved one needed a transplant, and no organs were available.