Xenotransplantation and Risk: Regulating a Developing Biotechnology (BOK)

Sara Fovargue

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Some developing biotechnologies challenge accepted legal and ethical norms because of the risks they pose. Xenotransplantation (cross-species transplantation) may prolong life but may also harm the xeno-recipient and the public due to its potential to transmit infectious diseases. These trans-boundary diseases emphasise the global nature of advances in health care and highlight the difficulties of identifying, monitoring and regulating such risks and thereby protecting individual and public health. Xenotransplantation raises questions about how uncertainty and risk are understood and accepted, and exposes tensions between private benefit and public health. Where public health is at risk, a precautionary approach informed by the harm principle supports prioritising the latter, but the issues raised by genetically engineered solid organ xenotransplants have not, as yet, been sufficiently discussed. This must occur prior to their clinical introduction because of the necessary changes to accepted norms which are needed to appropriately safeguard individual and public health.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Sara Fovargue
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9780521195768
Antall sider 306 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,8cm x 1,5cm
Vekt 600 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Medical & healthcare law