Animal-to-human transplants: the ethics of xenotransplantation

Transplants save thousands of lives every year, but there are not enough human organs donated for everybody who needs them. The shortage has led to attempts to develop animal organs that can be transplanted into humans.

This report investigates the complex ethical and safety issues involved in xenotransplantation.

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Animal-to-human transplants: the ethics of xenotransplantation

Published: March 1996

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Animal-to-Human Transplants The ethics of Xenotransplantation

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Key recommendations

  • Special consideration

    Early patients in trials of xenotransplantation would need special consideration.

  • Non primate species

    Non-primate species should be regarded as the source animals of choice for xenotransplantation.

  • Regulatory regime

    A general regulatory regime for xenotransplantation should be established, which should be administered by a non-statutory advisory committee

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