Transplant research is going hog wild

In the perhaps not-too-distant future, comments that someone eats or acts like a pig could have a whole new meaning.

Are you ready for this? Researchers have successfully cloned a pig, a feat that could lead to swine growing organs to replace ailing hearts, livers and kidneys in people.

That’s considered a medical breakthrough, because pigs are considered by experts to be ideal hatcheries for human organ transplants. But there are some problems to iron out before porkers can help power homo sapiens. Primarily, researchers must figure out how to modify pig genes so that human bodies won’t reject the cross-species transplants, as usually happens when the body parts of critters are tried in people. In addition, people could get swine viruses.

It’s expected that the pig-to-people transplants won’t be viable for several years, at best. Until then, people will have to be satisfied bringing home the bacon instead of being the bacon.

The football games begin Welcome back, football.

In communities throughout the United States, high school football is a way of life. And Kaua’i is a living, breathing example. To the excitement of the local fan base, the new season opened Friday with perennial powerhouse Waimea tackling Punahou, and continued yesterday with Kapa’a hosting Lahainaluna.

There’s nothing quite like the school spirit and community pride that surround the pursuit of prep gridiron glory. Here’s wishing that the Kaua’i footballers and their followers have a year to remember.

The Chinese way There is still time to learn about family values the Chinese way at Kaua’i Museum.

Through Aug. 25, an interpretive exhibit at the museum details the history of the Chinese in Hawai’i since 1852 and how their families practiced a Confucian-based concept of frequently unique values. The families were resilient, which could be a handy lesson for modern-day families try to balance tradition with societal influences.

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