In an article written in the New York Times, Roni Caryn Rabin writes about a recent special kidney transplant. The kidney transplant was so unique because the kidney came from a genetically engineered pig. The transplant was conducted on a patient that was declared brain dead and an organ donor. Since the patient's organs were no longer viable to donate, the doctors asked the family if they could attempt the pig kidney transplant. The transplant was conducted outside the abdomen due to the restrictions put in place regarding transplants from animal organs. Although the transplant was not peer reviewed or published, the surgery shows great promise for the future of transplants.
Using animal organs, specifically pigs, has been heavily disputed in the scientific community over the years. It is well known that transplant organs are in high demand, but there is not enough to go to everyone who needs one. The transplant list is what determines who gets the next organs based on the other people waiting for the same organ. Having genetically engineered pigs to allow for organs to be transplanted would allow for more people to have transplant organs that need it. However, many argue that we should not rely on animals to supply us of organs because it is morally wrong and we should solve our own problems by donating organs.