Creating human organs in chimaera pigs: an ethical source of immunocompatible organs?

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Abstract

New techniques in regenerative medicine may soon enable the creation of human organs inside animals using induced pluripotent stem cells. This technology has the potential to solve the organ scarcity problem by providing a limitless source of personalised organs for transplantation, but also raises several ethical issues, particularly concerning animal welfare, the 'human features' problem and human dignity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)970-974
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Volume41
Issue number12
Early online date5 Nov 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

Keywords

  • PLURIPOTENT STEM-CELLS
  • GENERATION
  • XENOTRANSPLANTATION
  • MEGAKARYOCYTES
  • PLATELETS
  • PANCREAS

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