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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme


Should scientists be trying to grow human organs inside pigs?

June 6th, 2016

Episode 1004 of 1273 episodes

Scientists in the United States are trying to grow human organs inside pigs, through the technique known as gene editing. Some experts believe the human-animal chimeras could be the answer to the worldwide shortage of transplant organs. However, critics have voiced concerns over the implications of the part-human, part-animal embryos. Peter Stevenson from Compassion in World Farming and Sir John Burn, professor of clinical genetics from the University of Newcastle, debate the ethics surrounding the issue. (Image: Pig. Credit: MAURO FERMARIELLO/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY)