Pig Brain Injections

August 11th, 2005 | researchmaterial

Pig brain cells could be implanted into human brains by the start of next year if trials of a pioneering treatment for Huntington’s disease are approved in the US.

Similar tests on primates have proved “astonishingly successful” in treating the degenerative brain disease, according to researchers who carried out the work at Living Cell Technologies (LCT) in Auckland, New Zealand.

The injection of live animal cells into human brains is likely to raise ethical concerns and fears of pig viruses being transmitted to humans. But researchers say the benefits of a cure outweigh such concerns. “Yes, we have created a chimera, but one that is tolerated and beneficial,” says Bob Elliott, LCT’s medical director…


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