Will Pigs Save Our Bacon?

Spoken Word (science, talk)

Add to favourites
  • The Stand’s New Town Theatre - Studio
  • 13:30
  • Aug 22
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Fair Pley / The Stand Comedy Club
  • Warnings and additional info: All seating is unreserved and latecomers may not be admitted
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. Please confirm before booking. See our Accessibility page for details.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 1 year


We're desperately short of organs for transplant, so the possibility of transplanting from pigs to humans (xenotransplantation) has many people excited. Dr James Lowe (University of Edinburgh) will explore whether this promise will – or should – ever be realised. Examining the history and problems of previous efforts to make xenotransplantation work, he will probe the possible solutions presented by new technologies, such as genome editing. This show will delve into the scientific, technical, ethical and social obstacles to xenotransplantation, ultimately asking: could pig-to-human transplants be possible? If so, should they be allowed?

Please note that while all media gallery content is provided by verified members of the event, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society does not review or approve this content before it is posted. Reports of inappropriate content or copyright infringement can be directed to marketing@edfringe.com.