Piglets Born With Monkey Cells Are a World First

Scientists in China created piglets whose organs contained some monkey cells. The piglets all died within a week, illustrating the challenges ahead as researchers work toward the goal of growing human organs inside other animals. Read More >>

Wow, Spain Sure Has a Lot of Pigs

There are now enough pigs in Spain that technically everyone could have one, and there’d be pigs to spare. Per the Guardian, Spanish environmental ministry figures reveal that the country now has 50 million oinking piggies, which is about 3.5 million more than the number of humans. That’s the first recorded time the nation has had more pigs than people. Read More >>

Beer Rationing Introduced and Sausages Under Threat as CO2 Crisis Worsens

There is literally a low-level type of beer rationing in place in the UK at the moment, as one of the largest wholesalers supplying the food and drinks industry has begun limiting sales of some fizzy alcohols as the bizarre shortage of food-grade CO2 continues. Read More >>

Scientists Kept Disembodied Pig Brains ‘Alive’ for 36 Hours – and It’s Testing Our Conceptions of Death

A neuroscientist from Yale University is claiming to have developed a technique that preserves the brain tissue of pigs for an extended period following decapitation. The brains are apparently not conscious, but the new technique is raising a number of important ethical issues. Read More >>

Major Google Launch Coverage: Are Pet Pigs Really A Thing?

Today Google announced a bunch of new things, but perhaps the most important revelation was that the CTO of Nest, the Internet Of Things company that Google bought up in 2014, Yoky Matsuoka, has a pet pig. Read More >>

These Genetically Engineered Super Pigs Could Protect Your Bacon From Viral Disease 

For pig farmers, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome is a disaster. Once dubbed the “mystery swine disease,” it emerged in the late 1980s on farms in Europe and the US and spread rapidly, causing piglets to die and adult pigs to be afflicted with fever, lethargy, and respiratory distress. It is a major problem facing pig farmers, costing the industry billions each year. Read More >>

Human-Pig Chimeras Suggest a Long Road to Organ Farming

Several dozen embryos sat in a lab that seemed straight out of a David Lynch film — part pig, part human. It’s just the first step in a strange journey that may one day lead to a new way to grow and harvest human organs. Read More >>

Amazing Plan to Save Rare Pig Breed From Extinction: Eat Them

A Maine farm owner believes that the only way to ensure a rare breed of pig survives is to get people interested in eating them. Read More >>

Mad Scientists Create Human-Pig Hybrid for Organ Harvesting

Part-human, part-piggy creatures (not pictured) have reportedly been created by a bunch of mad scientists over at the University of California, Davis, leading to uproar and a mind-blowing glimpse into the potential future of medicine. Fortunately, they didn't take the full-on sexual approach apparently favoured by a certain world leader. Read More >>

Robots Are Better Than Humans at Surgery Now

A team testing a system of autonomous robotic surgery claims to have bettered the best performances of man, by using a technique -- and an "autonomous suturing algorithm" -- in which the human acts as a mere guide to a superior robotic hand. Read More >>

Mutated “Micropigs” Will Soon Be Sold as Pets

Last year, scientists in China used a gene-editing technique to produce pint-sized pigs for medical research. Now they want to sell them as pets. Critics say the precedent could lead to bizarre versions of cats and dogs, while at the same time preventing biologists from focusing on more important research. Read More >>

Pig Barred from Pub for Stealing Drinks

The novelty of seeing a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig wandering around their local pub wore off quicker than expected for some local drinkers, with the boozing pig now banned from the Conquering Hero pub for getting a bit too aggressive in its pursuit of abandoned stale pints. Read More >>

Porklife: The Science of Building the Perfect Pig

Passing fields of soy, corn and towering bleach-white windmills fanning out across windy plains, I arrive early one morning somewhere between Chicago and Indianapolis at a place that promises "sow much fun". Read More >>

China is Cloning Pigs on an ‘Industrial Scale’

A new report by the BBC reveals that China isn't just experimenting with cloning—it's doing it on an "industrial scale." Which is at best interesting and at worst more than a small cause for concern. Read More >>