Shortage Of Organs For Transplantation -- Is More Research on Human-Animal Chimeras the Right Approach?
It is time to discuss, once again, the lifting of a moratorium on research. We are not talking about the CRISPR genome-editing moratorium, but about the 20 August announcement by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lift the moratorium on research involving chimeric human/non-human embryos.
Our family lost two beautiful lives, and we ended up saving eight others through the miracle of transplantation. For any donation to happen, there needs to be perfect coordination across healthcare professionals, from donor hospital nurses to administrators to organ recovery coordinators to transplant centers. Unfortunately, there are as many times when that doesn't work as when it does.
Gridlock: The Inability to do Research in Deceased Donors to Improve Transplant Organ Quality and Quantity
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The story of Zoi Kostarides could surely be the script of a movie, as it is the story of the first woman in Greece who has ever undergone a transplant operation and despite the doctors' objections, she got pregnant and gave birth to a healthy little boy. Her health problem was made known to her by some medical examinations she had when she was thirteen years old.