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Xenotransplantation unlikely to solve organ shortage in near future

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 03 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:510
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    The possibility that diseases may be introduced into the general population by xenotransplantation cannot be ruled out on the basis of current evidence, a new report from the United Kingdom Xenotransplantation Interim Regulatory Authority has concluded.

    Xenotransplantation of whole organs is unlikely to solve the shortage of organs for transplantation in the near future, as originally thought, it says. Long term rejection is still a problem, and cloning and genetic modification techniques to address this are still at an early stage.

    The authority's third annual report said that while progress has been made, and research …

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