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Xenotransplantation and its ethics

Nowadays there are a lot of sensitive issues surrounding the animals. Whether humans have rights to experiment with animals, whether humans have rights to kill and abuse them for scientific purposes. Xenotransplantation is a way of organ transplant which uses animal organs instead of human organs. Xenotransplantation can potentially save a lot of people if it is developed to a higher extent.
However the issue of human ethics emerge again. In order to develop the skill of xenotransplantation, humans have to test, kill, and use animals. Some people say that humans should not do that since animals are alive too. If we do not develop xenotransplantation, then is it right to let sick people die due to the lack of donated organs?
What do you guys think?


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  • Mar 26 2013: A very interesting topic... And indeed needs an debate to find a right solution..

    First of all we must not forget that animals are alive too and have very real feelingdls like us.

    I think that if we respectfully raise and nurture the animals till the point we can use their organs for xenotransplantation we should have the right to do that in order to save one of our own species...

    Now the important thing is that we dont forget we all live on this planet and along mother nature.. Our ways to pay back the lives is to clean up our mess we are making on this planet and keep all populations of all species in check and not making them extinct...

    Perhaps a better way for man and animal to live side by side...
    • Mar 26 2013: I am glad you think about animals that way. Then what do you think of clones? Cloning animals or humans in order to use them for medical purposes?

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