"The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out, the worms play pinochle on your snout…"

The rhyme from childhood, dating to 1810 or earlier, may have been predictive -foretelling the role of pigs in our lives.

In the future, some of us could carry pig parts. Not a ham sandwich, but an internal porcine organ - say, a liver or kidney.


NZME reported earlier this month genetically-enhanced New Zealand pigs could be ideal sources of organ donors in the future. Scientists plan to use Auckland Island pigs as potential candidates for xenografts, or transplants for other species.

Though researchers