Israeli breakthrough could mean miracle for organ transplants


YNet News: A new Israeli breakthrough could see humans successfully receiving animal organs, effectively ending the shortage of viable organs faced by millions of people all over the world.

“… And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3

Researchers at Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva, led by Dr. Shahar Cohen, have developed a new method of stabilizing the blood supply to transplanted organs that could pave the way for humans to receive kidneys, livers, lungs, hearts and pancreases from pigs.

Under the new method, blood cells that come with the donated organ are removed and replaced by human blood cells created from placenta-based progenitor cells, which like stem cells can develop into a desired form of cell. 

The research was released this week in the prestigious Scientific Reports journal published by the Nature Portfolio. Read More