ISRAEL - Pig Organs in Humans?

Arno Froese

A team of Israeli researchers have developed a hybrid organ—an organ from a pig with “human” blood vessels—that they believe could help alleviate the shortage of transplant organs.

There have been many attempts to implant animal organs in humans, but this has largely been unsuccessful, mostly due to acute rejections, explained Dr. Shahar Cohen of Beilinson Hospital, whose team developed the hybrid organ.

“We looked for a way to produce an alternative coating that does not cause rejection,” Cohen told The Jerusalem Post.

The solution: Cohen’s team removed the coating from the pigs’ blood vessels and replaced it with a more “friendly” coating to the human immune system that was engineered in the laboratory from human placenta cells, which, as far as is known, do not trigger rejection.

“We remove the pig’s internal layer of blood vessels and replace it with a ‘human layer,’ thereby humanizing the blood vessels of the organ and generating a hybrid organ—a pig organ with humanized blood vessels. This is the way to surmount the barrier to pig organs in humans.”

Next, he said, the researchers plan to perform their first hybrid organ transplants in animals and in about five years Cohen hopes that the first human transplant can be performed.

“We believe that our approach will make this reality sooner than later,” Cohen told the Post. “Our goal is to change the world and change the face of modern transplantation medicine.”

-www.jpost.com, 4 July 2021

Arno's Commentary

It’s not surprising that this is being developed in Israel. What is the goal of this medical experiment? The answer is simple: to extend life. Dr. Cohen believes that within five years, the first of these transplants will occur. What is the motive? “Our goal is to change the world and change the face of modern transplantation medicine.” 

What was unthinkable just a few years ago is now being developed by medical scientists. No doubt, if successful, it will be practiced the world over. Thus, the question: can man extend his life? Here is what the Bible says: “For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased” (Proverbs 9:11). Actually, the fifth commandment has this to say: “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee” (Exodus 20:12). But Ecclesiastes 7:17 warns: “Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?” 

Regarding life expectancy, Psalm 90:10 says: “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.” For that reason, each one of us should take to heart verse 12: “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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