Posts by Ashlin Amano
Bioethics Forum Essay
Involuntary Donation: Animal Welfare and Xenotransplantation
The realized promise of xenotransplantation seems to be quickly approaching, following the medical breakthrough of a pig kidney functioning for a record two months in a deceased human body. This milestone has received overwhelmingly positive media attention. Ethicists, physicians, and transplantation specialists have shared their apprehensions about the risks of implanting animal-grown organs into humans. However, conspicuously absent from these discussions is a major stakeholder: the animals.