First sheep-human hybrid is good news for organ donation

Feb 21, 2018, 6:53 AM EST
(Source: stanze/flickr)
(Source: stanze/flickr)

We have taken the first step towards a future where human organs will be cultured in unnatural, engineered animals to squeeze a wide gap between supply and demand for organ transplants across the world.

The researchers at the Stanford University have developed the first sheep-human hybrid, which carried 0.01 percent of human cells in the sheep embryo, a development that’s being hailed as a breakthrough in organ donation despite its controversial nature, writes Futurism.

The technology could also reduce the risk of transplant rejection by allowing the growth of body parts with patients’ own cells, notes Independent.