By Sean Keach, Digital Technology and Science Editor 10 Jun 2019, The Sun
SCIENTISTS will try to grow human organs inside rats and mice, which could then be transplanted to hospital patients.
But the controversial experiment – which will attempt to create a pancreas inside – has already been condemned by animal welfare experts as a “waste of life”.
It attempts to solve a major healthcare problem: the short supply of human organs for transplants.
If scientists can produce their own organs inside animals and then harvest them, it removes the need for human organ donors – and would effectively create an unlimited supply of organs.
“Human organs will not be created immediately,” said Hiromitsu Nakauchi, professor at the University of Tokyo and a researcher on the project, speaking to Asahi.
“But if this method is realised, it will be able to save the lives of many people.
NOTE From GJ: The opposition to this life-saving research is right along the lines of what PETA President and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk said in 2006: Even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we’d be against it.