Ethical issues surrounding the transplantation of organs from animals into humans

D. Shaw*, W. Dondorp, G. de Wert

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Abstract

In this paper, the authors provide an analysis of the ethical issues surrounding the transplantation of organs from animals into humans. The main objections to xenotransplantation relate to safety concerns for the recipient; public health concerns about new viruses spreading from animals to humans; the possibility of animals developing human features; concerns about human dignity; and the fact that animals must be sacrificed so humans can benefit from their organs. Despite these objections, the urgency of the organ shortage situation is such that xenotransplantation may be justified, if further advances make it a realistic possibility.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-129
Number of pages7
JournalRevue Scientifique et Technique-office International des Epizooties
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • Animal
  • Cell
  • Ethics
  • Genetic modification
  • Research
  • Stem cells
  • Xenotransplantation

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