HERE PIGGY PIGGY…I NEED TO BORROW AND ORGAN

Now I know we love our bacon, but to many this may seem a bit ‘out of this world’.  Knee jerk resistance aside,  it has been known for some time that organs from other animals can supplement the human supply of transplantable organs that are in short supply, but differences in biology are less the issue than differences in the immune system of pigs and humans, which would cause rejection
A breed of new pigs has been developed that lacks the antigens that would prevent organ rejection, using the new CRISPR technology.  Read more about CRISPR and how it will revolutionize the next steps in organ transplantation, as well as a myriad of other aspects of medical care.  Below is what I said in our Fall 2015 newsletter:

“Biology continues to demonstrate evolutionary progress with impressive results accruing in incremental steps, but there are also revolutionary changes taking place, and these are going to have world-changing impact.  I want to be the first to tell you about CRISPR …..one of the revolutionary techniques about to transform biology and the treatment of human disease.

CRISPR is a shorthand term describing a newly discovered method of gene editing, the ability to alter the genetic code so easily that it can be used by an advanced high school student to create new genes in living organisms.  CRISPR is a technique so revolutionary it has allowed the most highly skilled researchers at Harvard Medical School to edit 60 genes at one time in pigs, clearing out genetic impediments to organ transplant & paving that way for pigs to grown organs that can be readily transplanted into human beings without causing rejection.
Any genetic transformation that you can think of can be done with relative ease, using CRISPR.   And the possibilities of ‘dialing in’ the genes that you want, or the ones you want to remove, holds great promise, but also ethical concerns about the power to create new life forms more easily than ever before.  ”

Links:  

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/10/health/gene-editing-pigs-organ-transplants.html

http://www.nature.com/news/gene-editing-record-smashed-in-pigs-1.18525