• Question: is it possible to perform a organ transplant from a human to an ape?

    Asked by howomarl1 to Del, Catherine, John, Mo on 19 Mar 2014.
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      Adelle Thrower answered on 19 Mar 2014:

      Maybe- but unlikely- the trouble is when something is considered unusual to our body we attack it- it’s part of our immune system. So even if we know it’s for good we can’t control our immune system not to attack it- so often our body would reject the organ.
      Organs can get rejected when it’s a person to person transplant so an ape would probably be too risky. We may be able to fool our bodies for a while with medication but eventually it wouldn’t work