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The "ethical" question seems to be mostly about whether it is ok to put an exotic organ into a human. Not much discussion of the poor pig.
by asdf on Wed Jan 19th, 2022 at 04:12:36 PM EST
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yes, the pig is an ex-con.
by Cat on Wed Jan 19th, 2022 at 06:30:10 PM EST
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APsplainin medical pig ethics for ex-con recipients
US researchers test pig-to-human transplant in donated body corpse*
the quest to save human lives with organs from genetically modified pigs.

This time around, surgeons in Alabama transplanted a pig's kidneys into a brain-dead man -- a step-by-step rehearsal for an operation they hope to try in living patients possibly later this year.

"The organ shortage is in fact an UNMITIGATED CRISIS  and we've never had a real solution to it," said Dr. Jayme Locke of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, who led the newest study and aims to begin a clinical trial of pig kidney transplants.
After hearing this kind of research "had the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives, we knew without a doubt that that was something that Jim would have definitely put his seal of approval on," said Julie O'Hara, Parsons' ex-wife.
Hurdles remain before ["]formal["] testing in people begins, including deciding who would qualify to test a pig organ, said Karen Maschke, a research scholar at the Hastings Center who will help develop ethics and policy recommendations for the first clinical trials under a grant from the National Institutes of Health [BWAH!].

* whole-ass chapter in Washington, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present (2006) dedicated to Georgia, USA, medical colleges' traffick in freshly buried, emancipated "bodies" from Afro-Am cemeteries. And others on state-sanctioned experiments on imprisoned subjects and SCHIP-insured children.  
by Cat on Thu Jan 20th, 2022 at 05:30:09 PM EST
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aubergine "free state" ethics. Sputnik cuts to the chase.
Pig Kidneys Successfully Transplanted Into Brain-Dead Human Body
News of this development come shortly after surgeons in Maryland successfully performed a first-of-its-kind organ transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart into a human patient who was deemed too sick to qualify for a human heart.
"investigational" surgery is painless
As Locke's team reported in the American Journal of Transplantation, both kidneys survived with no signs of rejection for a little over three days, until the patient's body was taken off life support.
Porrett et al., "First ["]clinical-grade["] porcine kidney xenotransplant using a human decedent model", 20 Jan 2022
wut: "'This human preclinical model is a way to evaluate the safety and feasibility of the pig-to-non-human primate model, without risk to a living human,' Locke added."
prior research, public domain

US organ donor consent, HHS / Health Resources & Services Adminiatration (HRSA)
Donor Identification and Consent, Maryland DMV
FWIW: I'm neither a pig nor a felon, but I've ticked the box since I first got a driver's license two states and 32 years ago despite reasonable fear that few of my organs are out-the-box, so to speak, "clinical-grade" A. Now, extrapolate: When the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak, who is the injured party? Surgeons, drug manufacturers, epidemiologists, or GM pigs?

by Cat on Thu Jan 20th, 2022 at 08:09:49 PM EST
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ethics: Who "deserves" a second chance?
Pig, pig, or ex-con? Choose one, but don't be judgmental.

by Cat on Thu Jan 27th, 2022 at 02:13:53 AM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jan 23rd, 2022 at 01:37:14 AM EST
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