Xenotransplantation

Xenotransplantation - AVS 101 Xenotransplantation is not a...

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AVS 101 Xenotransplantation is not a new idea, but as it has developed with technology it has evolved into a controversial procedure. Xenotransplantation has been around as early as the 1930’s, when people with diabetes began using insulin taken from the pancreas of pigs. Over the decades medical technology has advanced and allowed surgeons to successfully transplant animal organs into humans. Some patients that had been experiencing liver failure were able to use a pig’s liver until a human donor was available. In the mid 70’s, the heart valves of pigs and cows were transplanted into humans and has since then become a regular procedure for those with heart complications. However, the majority of animal organ transplantations into humans has resulted in failure, mainly due to immune rejection. Even though there has been some amazing progress, I am ethically opposed to the research procedures and experiments that have been and are being carried out to further the progress of xenotransplantation. In order to understand how the human body will react to an
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course AVS 101 taught by Professor Mallilo during the Spring '08 term at Rhode Island.

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Xenotransplantation - AVS 101 Xenotransplantation is not a...

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