In this spotlight feature, we look at the history of animal-to-human transplant experiments, where the research is currently at, and investigate the arguments for and against the development of this technology. Recently, Medical News Today reported on a breakthrough in xenotransplantation - the science of transplanting functional organs from one species to another. Scientists from the Cardiothoracic Surgery Research Program of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) demonstrated success in keeping genetically engineered piglet hearts alive in the abdomens of baboons for more than a year. While that is a sentence that might sound absurd, or even nightmarish to some, xenotransplantation is a credible science involving the work of leading scientists and respected organizations like the NHLBI and the Mayo Clinic, as well as large private pharmaceutical firms such as United Therapeutics and Novartis. What is more, xenotransplantation is not a new science, with experiments … [Read more...] about Should animal organs be farmed for human transplants?