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AORN J. 1999 Sep;70(3):428-32.

Issues surrounding xenotransplantation.

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Case Western Reserve University-Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Cleveland, USA.


Currently there is a shortage of cadaver organs that can be transplanted from one human being to another. In response to this shortage, scientists and medical researchers have developed techniques for transplanting animal organs into humans, a procedure known as xenotransplantation. This may address the shortage of organs for patients in need; however, it raises other concerns related to cross-species disease transmission, consent issues, ethical issues of sacrificing animals for their organs, psychological issues of receiving organs from an animal, religious concerns, and economic factors. These medical, ethical, and philosophical issues need to be thoroughly addressed before xenotransplantation becomes a reality.

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