Diabetes researchers work with pig stem cells
Pigs have great research potential, and a lot of different diseases are being studied on pigs. They are known for its slovenly habits and portly physique.
Dr. Steve Stice, Ph.D. and a stem cell researcher at the University of Georgia, said that their physiology, biochemistry, and cell biology is similar to humans.
Researchers at the University of Georgia have found a way to create pig stem cells. A team was led by Dr. Franklin West and Dr. Steve Stice.
By experimenting with stem cells in pigs, the scientists learn how to make stem cells work in humans. The researchers expect to change the genetics of pig stem cells and human stem cells, and eliminate organ and tissue rejection.
Dr. Stice said that he is trying to make cells that hopefully will not be rejected by the human immune system. It is possible that young people who suffer from type I diabetes
today could benefit from that research well within their lifetime.
This technology also could be used to save endangered species like the dying lions of the Serengeti. It could be possible to collect cells from some of deceased lions and turn them into stem cells and use them for cloning or re-introducing the genetics back into the population.