Japan to Start 1st Research to Grow Human Organs in Animals

Science Society Technology

Tokyo, July 24 (Jiji Press)--A science ministry expert committee Wednesday approved Japan's first research to inject human induced pluripotent stem, or iPS, cells into fertilized animal eggs to grow human organs.

The project by a team led by Hiromitsu Nakauchi, project professor at University of Tokyo, is expected to receive the final go-ahead by the ministry in August. The research will begin after that.

The government in March lifted a ban on research to place human cells into fertilized animal eggs, put them back inside the bodies of the animals and have them give birth.

In June, the team submitted its research plan to the ministry after gaining approval from an ethics committee at the university.

The team aims to use human organs obtained through the method for transplantation in the future. But it is still difficult to grow human organs inside animals.

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