Medico-Ethical and Animal Ethical Aspects of Xenotransplantation
The Ethical Assessment of the Current State of the Art
Funding: German Research Foundation, DFG-Graduiertenkolleg „Ethik in den Wissenschaften“ am Interfakultären Zentrum für Ethik in den Wissenschaften (IZEW), Universität Tübingen
Carried out by: Prof. Dr. Silke Schicktanz
Many patients are waiting for a vital organ donation these days. In the future, animal organs, especially those from genetically modified pigs, are to remedy the shortage of human organs. The author weighs up the chances and risks of xenotransplantation for patients and the general public and asks whether it is ethically justified to genetically modify animals for this purpose, use them in experiments and kill them.
Awarded with the Young Academics Award of the Academy for Ethics in Medicine "Nachwuchspreis der Akademie für Ethik in der Medizin e.V."