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Is it possible to grow human organs in another animal? Scientists from the Salk Institute reckon they are a step closer in doing so. This leads us closer to the reality where human organs can be grown from in a lab and transplanted into people who need a new organ.
In a research paper published in Cell, the researchers from Salk Institute was able to insert human stem cell (which are cells that has the potential to turn into any cell) into a developing embryo of a pig and see human cells starting to grow and divide.
However, Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, the lead scientist in this project admits that we are still far away from creating a fully functional organ. Nonetheless, they believe that this is a great first step.
What do you think?