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Xenotransplantation is when we take a non human islet or organ and transplant it into a human. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, an islet is a "small isolated mass of one type of tissue of one type of tissue within a different type." Xenotransplantation is important because it can save the lives of many humans whose death was almost certain. But what are the risks of this? It could cause a pig borne disease that could learn to transfer human to human. Or cause birth defects in the recipient's children. Also, how are we going to find enough islets for everyone who would benefit from this?
I understand that xenotransplantation could cure a deadly disease and help save a life. However, I think that we should find out how to stop these risks before we jump in and perform a transplant that could cause a new deadly and contagious virus. What about all those pigs who were slaughtered for their organs and islets? And is this even ethically acceptable?
Thus far, there has been no evidence for human infections caused by pig xenotransplantation products. Roumiana S. Boneva, Thomas M. Folks, and Louisa E. Chapman assure.
Although there are ethical issues with using pigs for organs and tissue, is it really a problem? We already use pigs for meat. We even have pig farms where we fatten them so we will have more meat. Is using them for organs and saving people worse? I should hope not. Is an animal life more important than a human one? Has there been tests where everyone rejected there organs?
What about the welfare of the pigs that are chosen for xenotransplantation? The companies that take part of this would have to make sure that the pigs are extremely well taken care of, the Biotech Learning Hub insures. If Harvard can't even take care of monkeys, how are others supposed to take care of pigs being used for human transplants?
You say that xenotranplantation could also provide temporary treatment options while patients wait for a human organ to become available. What about the people dying each day waiting for an organ? Are we going to have enough pig organs to supply everyone needing transplants?
You eat pigs everyday. What about the welfare of those pigs? Theoretically eating pigs is worse than using pigs to save peoples lives. People chose to eat pigs. There are very few sources of organs that we have. Xenotransplantation can benefit everyone.
Xenotransplantation could provide temporary treatment options for patients. The people waiting for organs each day will be helped by having temporary treatment. If we have enough pigs to feed most Americans today I'm sure we will have enough pigs for xenotransplantation.
Human lives are so important. I believe that xenotransplantation will help us, and it should be allowed.
Also, do we want to reshuffle the order of nature and make ourselves the same "rank" as God? Many people are against xenotransplantation because they don"t want humans to have the same status of God and for us to completely throw off the balance between humans and nature.
When you ask about the welfare of pigs chosen for xenotransplantation, the care is important because if the pigs are in poor health and have their organs transplanted into a human, the recipient could be in danger.
I think that the risks are too much and if xenotransplantation gets out of hand, there could be fatal consequences for humans.
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