The Pork

This blog entry is purely a “what-if” article and not intended to, in anyway, insult or attack certain people’s beliefs or lifestyle. Some of the depictions and links found in this article might cause discomfort to certain readers. Proceed with caution and open mind.

Xenotransplantation is the procedure of transplanting of organ from one species to another. This is of course due to the shortage and limited supply of human donors. But did you know, in the medical world, the species in which the scientists are hoping to be the possible source of organ transplantations for human bodies are from the genus Sus, or in English, the pigs. And for years, scientists had also used pig carcasses on experiments to simulate certain effects on human bodies.

Why pigs? Science showed that “there’s a very high degree of similarity, for example between a human and a pig protein coding sequence” (source). With a tiny genetic engineering tweaks, pigs tissue and human tissue can become even more similar.

Now I was thinking, if pig’s tissue and protein structure closely resembles human’s, do their fleshes taste the same? Seriously. There are  cannibalistic tribes in the New Guinea (Indonesian island of Papua) who nicknamed human flesh as “babi panjang” or long pigs. Knowing that they also breeded wild pigs, I don’t think they came up with the nickname out of thin air.

Then there’s this scene when Hannibal Lecter (“Silence of The Lambs”, 1991) told Clarice Sterling about his fond of eating human organs. He said, “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti“. In some culture, people made pork dishes with Chianti wine. Hmmm…

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