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Xenotransplantation

  • IASbaba
  • January 17, 2022
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Xenotransplantation

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).

About xenotransplantation

  • 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

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