That’s what scientists, doctors, and researchers are claiming.
Surgeon Bruno Reichart, according to a report, has successfully implanted a pig’s heart into a baboon, and he says that the experiment proves that it can beat as perfectly in a human body as it is beating in a Baboon’s body.
The experiment was done on a Baboon because it is biologically closer to human beings.
If this is true, then it would be a major breakthrough in the field of science and medicine as it will solve the problem of the chronic shortage of human donors.
Now the question is if it is ethically correct to kill an animal for saving a human life. To this, Dr. Reichart says that pigs are recklessly killed for meat, so there should not be any ethical restriction in killing them for medical treatments and for saving lives.
The reasons for selecting pigs as the potential donor are as follows:
• Pigs produce offspring in a very short time, that is, every four months.
• It only takes six months for a pig to grow fully and to become sexually mature.
• The structure of a pig’s heart is similar to the structure of the human’s heart.
• The valves of pigs’ hearts are being used for replacement in humans for 40 years now.
Despite all these positive points, the human body will be needed to get adapted to the functioning to a pig’s heart before the transplantation. To overcome this problem, the doctors have decided to modify the heart of the animal genetically and then use it for the implantation.