Xenotransplantation as a Mainstream Method

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Xenotransplantation Implementation as a Mainstream Health Procedure: Pillow Method Xenotransplantation Implementation as a Mainstream Health Procedure: Pillow Method The issue of not having enough organs available for transplant has always been and is still a major concern for the tens of thousands of individuals around the world in dire need of healthy organs. With longer waiting times and decreasing transplantation rates, the supply of human organs for transplantation still falls far short of the demand (Sim, Marinov & Levy, 1999). To combat this issue, we have turned towards the notion of xenotransplantation, the transplant of cells, tissues, and organs between members of different species. Although it is still at an experimental stage (Rubaltelli et al, 2008) and undergoing much research and trials, we have seen both success and failures with xenotransplantation and due to this and the nature of the method itself, there are two distinct opposing views on the topic. Ethics, health risks, the need to save lives, etc.; these all play a role in the decision on whether or not xenotransplantation should be implemented in our healthcare. To fully understand the points of each outlook, the pillow method will be used to explore and illustrate each point of view in more detail. The first stance taken in the pillow method is the “My view is right, the other view is wrong” position. Using xenotransplantation as a therapeutic option to rid the problem of poor organ donor numbers and low rate of organ transplants is a poor solution. Still at an experimental level, xenotransplantation poses many health risks on both individuals receiving the transplants and the human population (Rubaltelli et al, 2008). A major issue is rejection of the transplanted material by the recipient’s body. The recipient can either experience hyperacute rejection, where the donated tissue

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