PERVs not a risk, manimals imminent

If there is one ERV I genuinely love talking about on ERV, its PERVs– Porcine Endogenous Retroviruses.

And you all should care about them too– Pigs and their PERVs (or, lack of PERVs, or lack of infectious PERVs) might one day have a direct impact on you or your friends/family.

Clinical trials involving tissue from genetically distinct pigs has already started Down Under, and apparently research in the US and UK is now considered ‘imminent’.

Very, very cool update– Im glad the PERVs are under control and this kind of research can move forward.

Of course, there are ethical positions to consider (can a vegan receive pig blood? do we want to kill a creature to save someone with Parkinsons? for corneas?) and of course we still need to remain vigilant:

That was challenged by Robin Weiss, professor of virology at University College, London, and an expert on retroviruses. He said yesterday: “I don’t think the risk issues have been resolved. That doesn’t mean clinical trials shouldn’t go ahead but there would need to be very close monitoring of patients to ensure they were not picking something up from pigs.”

But of course there are going to be stupid concerns from stupid people worried about homologous tinikering DNA to create manimals:

Mary Morell:
“Listen to reason, going where angels fear to tread mixing pigs with humans, is still a long way of… Who really knows the end result of it all…

Best response in the history of ever?”

Ste_H:
“Pig-humans, that’s what will happen. Half-man, half-pig, like the Minotaur, except less bull and more pig. It’s bound to, because you thought of it, and scientists and stuff never ever think of that sort of thing. They just carry on with their crazy experiments without checking for immune system rejection problems, or transplant induced cancers, or whether all those people who walked into the lab yesterday have walked out today on all four trotters! They just stick pigs bits straight into humans with barely a care in the world. They’re mad, mad I tell you!”

Comments

  1. #1 Mu
    October 21, 2011

    Hmm, long pig might become a non-euphemism.

  2. #2 Munkhaus
    October 21, 2011

    Great news.
    But yes, we`ll need more room for pigman:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSYkovYuyhE

  3. #3 Spence
    October 21, 2011

    Half man, half pig you say?

    This could be the end of the world as we know it. I’m super serial.

  4. #4 JD
    October 22, 2011

    Hmmm, maybe they can make the girly bits taste like bacon. That would be awesome.

  5. #5 Justicar
    October 22, 2011

    We should start a cultural movement to refer to these thusly: That’s Mr. PERV to you!

  6. #6 EvilYeti
    October 22, 2011

    Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

  7. #7 Collin
    October 22, 2011

    A lot of people won’t accept pigs for traditional reasons. Why can’t it be sheep?

  8. #8 Doug McClean
    October 23, 2011

    I think it’s half man and half bear-pig.

  9. #9 0verlord
    October 23, 2011

    Will the tissues be fully cured?

  10. #10 gillt
    October 23, 2011
  11. #11 Knightly
    October 24, 2011

    Can’t wait for the “playing God” arguments. What does that even mean?

    If God didn’t want any competition He shouldn’t have made us this smart.

  12. #12 fnxtr
    October 24, 2011

    Calling Dr. Moreau… or was it Devo…

  13. #13 pornalysis
    October 24, 2011

    “Im glad the PERVs are under control and this kind of research can move forward.”

    Yeah, sure, you say that now, but what if someone asks you up to their room for a glass of engineered kosher bacon?

    Insulting, I tell you…what next? Calamari jokes??

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/10/19/ritualized-child-abuse-circumcision/comment-page-1/#comment-116110

  14. #14 Michael Kingsford Gray
    October 26, 2011

    As my aged (down-under) mother is about to undergo a porcine mitral-valve replacement, this article is both vital and essential!
    Thanks, Abbie!

  15. #15 pornalysis
    November 1, 2011

    Hey Abbie–your pig disappeared! I guess I have truly witnessed the day that pigs flew…