Medical Ethics

Document Type

Student Paper

Publication Date

Spring 4-9-2024


Bioethics and Medical Ethics | Biomedical Informatics | Genetics | Genomics | Laboratory and Basic Science Research | Medical Humanities | Molecular Genetics | Other Life Sciences

Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement

Xenotransplantation, the transplantation of organs or tissues from one species to another, presents a complex nexus of medical, ethical, and cultural considerations. In this article, we delve into the multifaceted landscape of xenotransplantation, beginning with a thorough examination of its relevant historical trajectory. From early experiments to recent advancements, we chart the evolution of this field, setting the stage for a nuanced discussion. We then confront the central issue: the true medical viability of xenotransplantation and the looming specter of operative risk. By scrutinizing the ethical dilemmas inherent in xenotransplantation through a multicultural lens, we illuminate the diverse perspectives that shape this discourse. Drawing upon opposing arguments, we engage in a rigorous analysis, dissecting the tensions between progress and precaution. Through careful deliberation, we propose responses to these opposing viewpoints, navigating the ethical terrain with precision. Ultimately, we confront the pivotal question: should xenotransplantation research proceed? Grounded in a comprehensive understanding of the field's complexities, we offer insights into the path forward, challenging stakeholders to navigate the ethical imperative with wisdom and foresight. This article serves as a beacon for those grappling with the moral and ethical dimensions of xenotransplantation, providing a roadmap for ethical engagement in this rapidly advancing frontier of medicine.


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