Part of: Prelims and GS-III Sci and tech
Context Recently the doctors in the USA transplanted a genetically altered pig heart into a patient which is referred to as xenotransplantation (from animals to humans).
- Xenotransplantation is any procedure that involves the transplantation of either live cells, tissues, or organs from a nonhuman animal source, or human body fluids, cells, tissues or organs into a human recipient.
- Such cells, tissues or organs are called xenografts or xenotransplants.
- It offers a potential treatment for end-stage organ failure, a significant health problem in parts of the industrialized world.
- It also raises many novel medical, legal and ethical issues.
News Source: DTE