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Xeno : The Promise of Transplanting Animal Organs into Humans

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The majority of patients in need of organ transplants do not survive long enough for a suitable human organ to become available. Xenotransplantation, the transplant of animal organs into humans, has attracted substantial media attention. If, as appears likely, it proves possible to "humanize" animal organs and evade the problems of rejection, in the coming few years there will be a tremendous increase in this procedure, mostly using organs from animals specifically for their harvestable organs. This book will lay out the potential and promise of the technique, the history of organ transplantation, the technical problems and breakthroughs in overcoming immune rejection, and typing and humanizing donor organs for transplantation. The ethical question of growing animals specifically for organ harvest, and the substantial public health concern from the certainty that animal viruses will pass into humans with the donated organs, will be fully discussed. The authors are among the leaders in the field of Xenotransplantation.show more

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  • Hardback | 298 pages
  • 162.1 x 240.3 x 23.1mm | 557.93g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195128338
  • 9780195128338

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"Anyone who wants to know about xenotransplantation should certainly read Cooper and Lanza's excellent book. It is comprehensive and well argued, highly readable and informative." * Times Literary Supplement *show more

About David K. C. Cooper

David Cooper, MD, is an Immunologist at the Transplantation Biology Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Robert Lanza, MD, is Senior Director of Tissue Engineering and Transplant Medicine, Advanced Cell Technology, Inc.show more

Table of contents

Robin Cook M.D. - An appreciation ; Foreword by Robin Cook ; Preface: The next great medical revolution? ; Acknowledgements ; 1. The End of the Night Shift ; 2. Animal Attraction ; 3. From Icarus to the First Heart Transplant ; 4. All Animals Are Equal, but Some Are More Equal than Others ; 5. Zero Tolerance ; 6. A Spoonful of Sugar ; 7. The "Humanized" Pig ; 8. The Immunological Holy Grail ; 9. From Diabetes to Alzheimer's ; 10. The Discordant Concert ; 11. The Hottest Zone ; 12. Guinea Pigs ; 13. Animal Rights and Human Wrongs ; 14. Protecting the Public ; 15. Judgment Day ; 16. The Ultimate Piggy Bank ; 17. A Vision with a Task ; Appendix ; Glossary of selected biomedical terms ; Bibliography ; Indexshow more

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