A panel of scientists and legal experts appointed by the Japanese government will be gathering together to begin drafting guidelines governing Japan’s historic embryonic research. If all goes according to plan, scientists hope to begin growing human organs in animals within the next 12 months.
The research sounds like something out of a science fiction novel. Scientists place a human stem cell into the embryo of an animal to create a “chimeric embryo” that can be implanted into the animal’s womb. According to the Telegraph, the animal in question will most likely be a pig.
Once the embryo is implanted it will grow into a perfect human organ – a heart, a kidney, a pancreas, and so on. Then, when the adult pig is slaughtered, the organ will be harvested and transplanted into someone who needs a new one.
Professor Hiromitsu Nakauchi, head of the center for stem cell biology and regenerative medicine at the University of Tokyo, says he and his team have already succeeded in injecting stem cells from rats into the embryos of mice that had been genetically altered.
“We can apply the same principles to human stem cells and pigs, although the guidelines have not permitted us to do this yet,” he said.
Currently, Japanese guidelines allow the researchers to develop chimeric embryos in laboratory conditions for up to 14 days, but they’re prohibited from implanting the embryos into an animal. The process to revise the guidelines is expected to take up to 12 months and Professor Nakauchi believes the first pig carrying a human organ can be produced “quite quickly, because the technique has been established already.”
Nakauchi believes that within 5 years the technique will be implemented on a practical basis and he eventually hopes to be able to have numerous human organs within each donor animal that can all be harvested at the same time.
Not everyone is as excited about the possibilities as Professor Nakauchi. For example, animal rights activists want to know if the animal will be slaughtered and used for food or if it’s just being used as an incubator to grow human organs.
Of course there are the ongoing theological and ethical debates about human cloning, as well, and we’re already slowly dying from eating genetically modified food.
Aside from all that, consider the implications for the New World Order:
Members of the elite, uber-rich ruling class could simply set aside a little piece of Real Estate to raise their own replacement organs. The national data base for organ donors would be eliminated because the ruling class would be raising their own organs. Murder-for-organs and back-street transplants would become commonplace and nobody would stop it because the elite already have their organs and they’re happy to watch us cull the herd.
On the surface this organ-cloning technique sounds like it would be truly beneficial for mankind, but the potential for abuse is terrifying.
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