Researchers have discovered how to create pig stem cells - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/20/10

Researchers have discovered how to create pig stem cells

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Pigs don't get enough credit. They have tremendous research potential because it's amazing how much we humans have in common with pigs.  Their physiology, their biochemistry, and their cell biology all similar to ours.  Now, a team of researchers at the University of Georgia, led by Dr. Franklin West and Dr. Steve Stice, have discovered a way to create pig stem cells and since stem cells are genetic building blocks, scientists are hoping to use pig stem cells to become a kidney, or an ankle bone or whatever.

"Eventually some day we may be able to transplant whole organs from pigs into humans," said Dr. Stice.

At the University of Georgia, they expect to change the genetics of pig stem cells and eventually human stem cells to eliminate organ and tissue rejection. This technology could even be used someday to save endangered species, but sooner than that, Dr. Stice says young people today, suffering from type one diabetes will likely benefit from this research well within their lifetime.

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