opinion                                   
INFORMATION FRIDAY 26.AUGUST 1994           


Brave new world: body-farms
Was it something with a pig's liver and a monkeyheart? Not for dinner,
no, but instead of the old and worn bodies
TRANSPLANTATION
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By DAN CIVA
artist

ONE OF  nature's greatest wonders is the heart. A brilliant muscle pump that beats life's own rhythm, and are influenced by emotion and sentiment. Heart diseases, which is the leading cause of death in Denmark, may be due to too much of the durable body, the heart. Our stressful time people are eating may be wrong, have demanding work, get too little sleep and living with mental tension etc. Now there is hope ahead. In a few years we do not need, if necessary, put us up in a long body-queue for a replacement heart, or else that do not adjust to our body and brain functions thoughts and desires. We will quickly be able to transplant a new, perhaps healthier heart in our chest, from a pig or a monkey. Such tests have long be made elsewhere in the world, with liver and kidney from animals to humans.

THE PROBLEM today with a great shortage of donor organs from people will, in about 10 to 15 years, could be remedied with organ transplants from animals to humans. They will breed pigs and monkeys (especially baboons) as donors. Industrialized donor farms will grow as stocks of spare parts for living bodies of flesh and blood, for human body further function. Almost as parts for automobiles. The paradoxical dilemma is, in a time of neglect of both children and animals, animal donors will be looked after better than our children. Here we must call into question a proportion destortion of logic. Although transplantation of example. animal hearts in a human body may extend a person's life, the new technique while pushing our selfishness a good piece forward. Because the unspoken wish in reality is that man one day will have full control over life and death.

We will be to follow the new times incredible scientific opportunities, whether we like it or not. What can not be used from pigs to man's biological life-extension will end up on the dinner table, as an out parallel purpose of survival. Since we are not in this country (as elsewhere) eating monkeys will also the monkeyheart work best in its own body. This will be even able to transplant with the man.

Thus, our kinship with the primates again reconciled. And in a new technological dimension, human sense and brutish strength willend up in a higher unity. The brave new world unimaginable future perspective will wipe out its limitations. But - the creation of life is still a heart.

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