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Quote:US surgeons transplant a PIG heart into a human in world first op: Dying Maryland handyman, 57, who's ineligible for a human organ is 'doing well' three days after risky 'last ditch' procedure

Doctors in Baltimore have transplanted a genetically-modified pig heart into a patient in a last-ditch effort to save his life, in a medical first.
Three days later, David Bennett, 57, is said to be recovering and doing well after the nine-hour procedure.
Experts say it is too soon to know if the operation really will work, but it marks a step forward in the decades-long quest to one day use animal organs for life-saving transplants. 
Bennett is breathing on his own without a ventilator, but is still using a Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine that helps pump blood throughout his body. Doctors hope to wean him off the device slowly. 
Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center say the transplant showed that a heart from a genetically modified animal can function in the human body without immediate rejection.
And this medical first could one day help solve the chronic shortage of organ donations.

Source: Daily Mail
The medical community has been building up to this for some time now. It was only a matter of When. If it works, then it is one major step forward.
It has been stated for years that the solution for most problems is taking parts from a clone that is modified not to have a working brain, and therefore not a human.
Not sure I like this - can the guy still eat bacon?

(01-12-2022, 07:20 PM)WmLambert Wrote: [ -> ] It has been stated for years that the solution for most problems is taking parts from a clone that is modified not to have a working brain, and therefore not a human.

I've read about this through Sci Fi, off and on. But clearly the ethics is highly questionable, opening it up to legal quagmire.
I wrote about this during Jr. High School in the sixties. My paper was sparked by a SF short story that ran in Analog. In that work it was pointed out that we need to cook pork longer than other meats because the parasites coexist with pigs and people, whereas we are immune from getting them from other animal meat. Also, our organs are more similar than the Simian, and pigs are emotionally and psychologically better test animals than any others. Teeth are similar (unlike Simian) and the same with hair vs. fur. My point that clones are even better than Suidae has been written about in several places. The idea that the body, itself, can produce the antibodies to kill cancers seems to be true, but only after the cancer has already progressed to a terminal state. Harvest the antibodies from a dying clone and they should work in the original person before the cancer progresses far enough to make its own. Most SF stories tend to create clones without minds that are therefor not Human. In these stories, clones are used as organ banks in general.

I've often thought how miraculous it is to be alive in the single generation when Man has begun its journey to the stars and is conquering aging.
I also like the idea of implants and chips to augment our memories and thinking. We have already created vision in the blind by direct neural input to the brain which results in vision similar to scoreboards at football stadiums. Same thing with hearing loss. We can now recreate the signals to the brain normally provided by our senses. With chips we can broadcast what we see and hear and think, thus generating telepathy. We allegedly have field ECG units that can receive readings on the battlefield to show where we need to send medics. Isn't science great?