Now this is not a suitable question to discuss over a cooked breakfast, or a bacon 'buttie' at lunchtime. Better over the vegetarian option. Will 'presumed consent' be extended to pigs? Or will it be considered entirely proper for us to breed pigs (in a totally virus-free environment of course) so that we can whip out their vital organs and implant them into human beings in need of an organ transplant. You may think I'm being a little ridiculous here. Been reading some science fiction. But no - not according to today's Telegraph.
Lord Winston, fertility expert at Imperial College, London is developing a GM pig which could be the harbinger of a limitless source of organs for human use - hearts, kidneys, livers etc.. He thinks such a pig will have been created by 2010, and be ready for use in our hospitals within 10 years. I don't think its a wind-up. I'm sure that many people will think that this is a wonderful development. But it causes me disquiet - a lot of it.