No. 141: Xenotransplantation
Status and risk assessment for research into transplantation from animals to peopleThis week, the Roslin Institute in Scotland, which created the cloned sheep named Dolly, was forced to stop their research in this field. The American owners of the institute are of the opinion that the risks connected with making transplants from animals to humans are too high.But the research is going to continue elsewhere in the world. This week, the cloned pig named Xena was presented to the world in Japan. This event marks the conquest of yet another barrier along the way toward transplanting organs from pigs to human beings.The internal organs of pigs resemble human organs to such a degree that it is anticipated that cloned pigs could be donating organs for transplantation into human beings.
This issue of “From the Board to the Parliament” attempts to provide a survey view of the current ongoing international research in the field of xenotransplantation.
Newsletter published August 2000
Last update: 21-01-2002