In defense of xenotransplantation research: Because of, not in spite of, animal welfare concerns

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Bobier, C., Rodger, D., Hurst, D.J. and Omelianchuk, A. (2022). In defense of xenotransplantation research: Because of, not in spite of, animal welfare concerns. Xenotransplantation. 30 (1), p. 12791. https://doi.org/10.1111/xen.12791
AuthorsBobier, C., Rodger, D., Hurst, D.J. and Omelianchuk, A.
Abstract

It is envisioned that one day xenotransplantation will bring about a future where transplantable organs can be safely and efficiently grown in transgenic pigs to help meet the global organ shortage. While recent advances have brought this future closer, worries remain about whether it will be beneficial overall. The unique challenges and risks posed to humans that arise from transplanting across the species barrier, in addition to the costs borne by non-human animals, has led some to question the value of xenotransplantation altogether. In response, we defend the value of xenotransplantation research, because it can satisfy stringent welfare conditions on the permissibility of animal research and use. Along the way, we respond to the alleged concerns, and conclude that they do not currently warrant a cessation or a curtailing of xenotransplantation research.

Year2022
JournalXenotransplantation
Journal citation30 (1), p. 12791
PublisherWiley
ISSN1399-3089
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/xen.12791
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1111/xen.12791
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Deposited09 Jan 2023
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: In defense of xenotransplantation research: Because of, not in spite of, animal welfare concerns, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/xen.12791. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.

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