Should pigs be used to grow human organs for transplant? Well there are two ways you could approach this question. This gene editing using stem cells would help to save over twenty lives every day and will ultimately end the wait for organs, saving humans both agony, pain and eventually death. However, this new technology has multiple technically and ethical issues that could cause harm to both humans and pigs.
Yes, this innovative and new use of gene editing would save millions of human lives but do the ethical issues outweigh the pros of this new technology. I wonder if they could use the same pig for the human organs for human food such as bacon or pork, essentially killing two birds with one stone. However, would insertion of human stem cells somehow “infect” other parts of the pig such as it’s meat.
Personally, I believe that there is a different way to grow human organs without harming or modifying other organisms. With all this new technology, in maybe 20 years or fewer scientists will be able to grow human organs in perhaps an incubator without harming any other organisms. Yes, this is a new technology but there are too many risks, such as the risk of growing a human-like brain in a human body or simply using pigs for human’s personal donor. Also by taking advantage of this new technology, there is always threat that someone will use this technology for the worse and perhaps make humans each others personal donors.
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