Friday, September 30, 2011

Brain dead patients as research subjects in xenotransplantation

It turns out that economists aren't the only people willing to contemplate things that others may find repugnant... Mike Rees, the kidney surgeon who leads the Alliance for Paired Donation, also has a lively research interest in xenotransplantation, which offers the still distant prospect of using pig kidneys to cure human kidney disease. But first a lot of research needs to be done...would it be ok to use it on brain dead patients whose dead body is still kept functioning on a ventilator? Or would that be disrespectful of the dead?

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