London: Human organs could soon be grown inside pigs for use in transplant operations, as scientists claim to have made a stem cell breakthrough, allowing them to create genetically altered animals that have organs belonging to another species. The technique, developed by a team at the University of Tokyo in Japan, involves injecting stem cells of an animal into the embryos of another animal that had been genetically altered so they could not produce their own organs. The researchers said the technique could allow pigs to grow human organs from patient`s stem cells for use as transplants, the Daily Telegraph reported. By using a patient`s own stem cells it could help to reduce the risk of the transplanted organ being rejected while also providing a plentiful supply of donor organs, they said. Professor Hiromitsu Nakauchi, who led the research, said: "Our ultimate goal is to generate human organs from induced pluripotent stem cells.
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