There is a shortage of organs available for transplantation. Estimates are that 123,000 people in the U.S. are in need of a transplant, and about 21 people die each day waiting for one. The art and science of transplantation is so advanced as to be routine. Science sees the shortage of organs as a problem to be solved. However, the obtaining of organs from human donors is fraught with difficulties—moral, practical, and legal.
An emerging possible solution to the problem of organ shortage is organ farming.
That is: growing human organs inside other animals until those organs are large enough to be transplanted into humans. One experiment with organ farming was recently reported in the American Journal of Transplantation. Another science journal says laconically that this experiment is “sure to be controversial.” They got that right. In this case, the organs being experimented with were kidneys from aborted human fetuses. In other words, this experiment in growing kidneys for transplant into human beings depended on other human beings being killed. (READ MORE)