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Xenotransplants - Animal to Human Organ Transplants

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Xenotransplants - Animal to Human Organ Transplants
We should NOT risk the human race for the benefit of the few!

When asked how he feels about the advancement of science to places that were once notions to be the job of the creator, Dr. Martin Luther King replies by saying, “Cowardice asks is it safe? Expedience asks is it political? Vanity asks is it popular? But the conscience asks is it right?”

This essay is about animal to human organ transplants otherwise known as Xenotransplants. Even though this procedure is meant to save lives, it is giving rise to metaphoric Frankenstein’s monsters and putting some aspects of the Human Race at risk. This essay will discuss diseases that can jump species and cause catastrophic dangers for humans such as Ebola and AIDS which the human population has no resistance towards. I will also explore the different religious view points on Xenotransplantation.

I believe it is important to first explain what this procedure is about and how safe it is, keeping in mind the fact that four thousand people die each year waiting for human organs. So, what is Xenotransplantation? Xeno means strange or foreign. The term is used to describe a transplant between any two species of animals, including humans. Xenotransplantation usually refers to a procedure in which an organ, such as kidney or liver or live cells (such as brain cells) from a healthy animal are grafted or transplanted into a human patient. The transplanted materials are called xenotransplants or xenografts. Plus, there are certain kinds of xenotransplants which are not true transplants at all, because the animal organ or cells stay outside the patient’s body. These are called extra-corporeal (or outside the bod...

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...Christian Barnard in South Africa. Today, comical movies such as the “animal", are being made about transplants and maybe it is a way to change the attitude of the public towards such transplantations. I believe it a personal choice and should be left to the individual to decide and not the temple that they belong to. However, as humans we are changing the normal speed of evolution and destroying the natural order of nature, bad or good. Yes, we do have the technology; but do we have the right to do it? I think not!

Works Cited

Parkins, Keith “ Animal-to-Human Transplants” September 1999 http://www.heureka.clara.net/gain/x-trans.htm (5/10/2001)

“Xenotransplantation: Animal Organs to save human lives” 2000 http://dukenews.duke.edu/Med/xenobkgd.htm (5/11/2001)

Fanjoy, Sylvia “Public consultation on xenotransplantation” http://www.xeno.cpha.ca/(5/11/2001)

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that xenotransplantation is a procedure in which an organ, such as kidney or liver, or live cells, are grafted or transplanted into human patients.
  • Explains that the safety of xenotransplant is always an issue because it has to do with risks to the patients and other people who might come in contact with patients.
  • Explains that xenotransplantation is acceptable, although unnecessary suffering to the animals should be avoided. human beings are different and of higher order than animals.
  • Explains that xenotransplantation is unacceptable, although some individual buddhists may avail themselves of it dependent upon their "stage of perfection." proper ethical conduct reduces hurt and suffering in both animals and humans.
  • Describes the reasons for xenotransplantation, stating that human beings have ity to rule over creation and animals.
  • Explains that hindus do not believe in transplantation, and that the body must remain whole to pass into the next life.
  • Explains that xenotransplantation is acceptable because the over-riding value in judaism is to save life. concerns were raised over safety, the suffering of the animals, and over interfering with the order of nature.
  • Opines that xenotransplantation is acceptable, and that the jewish tradition emphasizes the preservation of life. animal suffering should be minimized.
  • Explains that the consensus is that xenotransplantation would be acceptable. the minimization of animal suffering is a priority.
  • Analyzes how dr. martin luther king feels about the advancement of science to places that were once notions to be the job of the creator.
  • Explains that all pig cells contain pervs (pig endogenous retroviruses), which are not active and normally harmless. ebola and aids could have been retroactive viruses that entered the human body.
  • Opines that xenotransplantation is not a new item in the world of science and technology.
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