Japan mulls partial insurance coverage for urgent overseas organ transplants

The Japan Times

The health ministry is considering a measure to cover part of the expenses shouldered by patients who go abroad for urgent organ transplants, sources close to the matter said Saturday.

Sheep-Human Hybrids Made in Lab--Get the Facts

National Geographic News

This pig embryo was injected with human cells early in its development and grew to be four weeks old. The experiment made headlines when it was announced in early 2017; now, researchers have improved the procedure and tested it on sheep.

Pig organs made safer as potential human transplants

The Japan Times

LONDON – Scientists at a Massachusetts company seeking to make pig organs safe enough to be transplanted into humans have used gene-editing technology to clone piglets that lack a potentially dangerous retrovirus, according to a study released Thursday. The breakthrough, according to authors of the study published in the journal Science, could help pave the way for transplantation of whole pig organs into humans, without fear of patients being infected with the pig retrovirus. Transplants from pigs could offer a new potentially life-saving alternative for patients diagnosed with organ failure and no other viable treatment options. A shortage of available human organs has led scientists to study the possibility of animal donors to close the gap. About 20 people die each day in the United States while awaiting an organ transplant, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing.

Breathe new life into your old clothes with a 'transplanted' piece


Who says your clothes have to be uniform? A campaign in Japan has figured out how to rejuvenate old clothes as one-of-a-kind pieces.

This algorithm can tell how long people will live following a heart transplant


A new algorithm developed by scientists at UCLA may bring us as close to fortune telling as we'll ever get. The computation is able to predict life expectancy of heart failure patients, and can tell how long they will live if they do or do not receive a heart transplant. This will help doctors when making decisions on patients awaiting heart transplants. The algorithm is called the Tree of Predictors and is detailed in a study published online in PLOS One. The Tree of Predictors uses 33 data points to assess patients awaiting a heart transplant, such as their age, gender and body mass index in order to understand how long a patient would live with or without a heart transplant.